Thursday, April 30, 2009

Golden Week ...

Here is our Koinobori actually, both of them. Koinobori (鯉幟), meaning "carp banner" in Japanese, are carp-shaped wind socks traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate (端午の節句), a traditional calendrical event which is now a National holiday; Children's Day.

Kath & Tim went to Asakusa this week, and so kindly picked up these for the kids.
I know it sounds silly, but i will keep these and remember they bought them for the kids, in Asakusa.
Thank You Guys!!!!
I am still on the search for a Medium sized Koinobori for use every year.
&&Fingers crossed&&
Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク), also known as Ōgata renkyū (大型連休) or Ōgon shūkan (黄金週間), is a Japanese term applied to the period containing the following public holidays:

April 29
Showa Day (Showa no hi): April 29 is the birthday of former Emperor Showa, who died in the year 1989.
Until 2006, Greenery Day (on May 4) used to be celebrated on this day.
May 3
Constitution Day (Kenpo kinenbi): On this day in 1947, the new post war constitution was put into effect
May 4
Greenery Day (Midori no hi): Until 2006, Greenery Day used to be celebrated on April 29, the birthday of former Emperor Showa. The day is dedicated to the environment and nature, because the emperor loved plants and nature. Before being declared Greenery Day, May 4 used to be a national holiday due to a law, which declares a day, that falls between two national holidays, a national holiday.
May 5
Children's Day (Kodomo no hi): The Boy's Festival is celebrated on this day. Families pray for the health and future success of their sons by hanging up carp streamers and displaying samurai dolls, both symbolizing strength, power and success in life. This is Generally a Girls AND Boys day nowadays. Although there is a "Girls day" Celebrated March 3rd)

Many Japanese take paid time off on the intervening work days, but some companies also close down completely and give their employees time off. Golden Week is the longest vacation period of the year for many Japanese jobs. Golden Week is an extremely popular time to travel. Flights, trains, and hotels are often fully booked despite significantly higher rates at this time.

(My 2 links... as sources... Link #1 Link #2)

We wont do much Traveling/Exploring during this time, as the trains will be super packed.
But, we will do 'something' to celebrate Children's Day for sure!
We are not Japanese so this will be a reg ole' week for us, :).
Maybe we will do the Spring Cleaning and BBQ'ing... but 1st we will need a New BBQ as we left ours in the states.