Girls Day / Boys Day by Minako IshiiBeautiful photographs capture the essence of two of Hawaiis favorite holidays. Brief text describes the origin, significance, and customs of Girls Day (March 3) and Boys Day (May 5), highlighting the similarities and differences between community, school, and family celebrations in Japan and in Hawaii. The binding produces two books in one, with two front covers. Both books include many photos of girls and boys enjoying their special days.
Each year on March 3rd girls become the center of attention in every Japanese household during a festival called Hinamatsuri—while boys have to wait a bit longer until May 5th. The dolls wear ancient Japanese costumes worn by the Imperial Household and other nobles during the Heian period. On the top platform there are the Dairibina, being the Emperor in Kanto on right, but in Kansai on the left and the Empress, and often a vase with flowers is displayed between them with two lamps on their side. On the fourth platform there are two ministers with rice cakes and a bowl table, while the last platform has three helpers or guards, one of which laughs, the other is angry and the last one cries. Additional platforms tend to show carriages or doll-sized furniture and may indicate the generations of the family over time as each generation adds something to the collection. Rice wine and diamond-shaped rice cakes, named hishi-mochi , are offered to the dolls along with flower blossoms, which are often plum blossoms as they are in full bloom during this time of the year. The hishi-mochi come in a variety of colors, yet pink related to the blossoms , white snow and green growth are by far the most popular.
Presented by:. Equality between girls and boys became particularly significant after World War II in , Iida said. Although, according to superstition, leaving it out after March 3rd can result in a late marriage for the daughter. Carp are known for their strength and virility to swim up waterfalls against the current. The way carp-shaped koinobori blow in the wind appears as if they are swimming vigorously upstream, a characteristic meant to encourage sons in the family to grow brave and strong. Koinobori can be flown as early as April and left outside for 2 months, said Iida, who has seen koinobori flying as late as August in Japan. Each set consists of a windmill, Fukinagashi or Battle Streamer , 3 carp in graduated sizes and an extendable aluminum pole.
Girls handle chemicals, melt metal with a soldering iron, programme computer software. Girls and boys attending grades five to ten try their hand at a profession in which there are few male or female trainees. The aim of the project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Ministry for the Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, is to awaken interest in certain professions and counter the shortage of skilled labour. For girls, the project is mainly about industries such as IT, skilled crafts and trades, science and technology. After an icebreaker session and games, he and other young people put their cooking skills to the test and answered questions about, for example, the boiling point of water or danger symbols. He rather fancies instead a career as a race driver.
May 5 is Children's Day, when families celebrate the healthy growth and happiness of children. It became a national holiday in , but it has been a day of celebration in Japan since ancient times. The fifth day of the fifth month was traditionally called Tango no Sekku and was a festival for boys. Girls have their own festival, called Hina Matsuri Doll Festival , held on the third day of the third month. On Children's Day, families with boys fly huge carp-shaped streamers koinobori outside the house and display dolls of famous warriors and other heroes inside. The carp was chosen because it symbolizes strength and success; according to a Chinese legend, a carp swam upstream to become a dragon.
You may have noticed that your neighborhood is more active than usual, gearing up for something special. To the untrained eye, it seems like an odd affair — colorful carp-shaped flags hoisted from balconies and ominous-looking samurai armor adorning family living rooms. A post shared by iroka k. The 5 th of May was originally known as Tango no sekku and is the Japanese equivalent of the Double Fifth, a holiday celebrated in many Chinese households around the world. The carps are the symbol of the holiday. While all the other fish gave up and drifted downstream, the carps persisted, and once inside Dragon Gate, they transformed into dragons. While there are different versions to this age-old tale, the Japanese version ripened into a proverb — koi no taki-nobori.