Koinobori

Koinobori--traditional carp shaped windsocks flown for Children's Day.

Koinobori–traditional carp shaped windsocks flown for Children’s Day.

Every year, the beginning of May marks Children’s Day, a Japanese holiday to celebrate none other than kids!  Along with Children’s Day comes koinobori.

Definitely a carp.

Definitely a carp.

Koinobori are essentially large carp-shaped windsocks flown on Children’s Day, especially by households with young boys.  Although a rarity in large cities today, rural areas still fly huge koinobori in large numbers.  Each house hangs their koinobori carp from the top of a towering pole in the yard.  The koi are in descending order–the largest black carp first, followed by the slightly smaller red carp, then the blue carp, etc.

Blue skies provide the perfect backdrop for koinobori.

Blue skies provide the perfect backdrop for koinobori.

As April comes to an end, these koinobori carp can be seen all over Japan.

However, Zamami does things a little different than Japan.

Those aren't carp!

Those aren’t carp!

Zamami pays tribute to its own unique and bountiful sea by hanging windsocks shaped like whales instead of koi.  Every winter, humpback whales come all the way down to Zamami from northern waters by Alaska in order to breed and raise their young.

Up close, Zamami's whale-nobori are most definitely not carp.

Up close, Zamami’s whale-nobori are most definitely not carp.

Although the whales have already returned north, Zamami’s school carries on as if they were still here by hanging a long row of whale-nobori in addition to the regular koi-nobori.  With their little whale flippers and fluke, Zamami’s whale-nobori are unique and undeniably adorable.

The pink whales add another level of cute to Zamami's interpretation of koi-nobori.

The pink whales add another level of cute to Zamami’s interpretation of koi-nobori.

Come check out Zamami’s whale-nobori for yourself!

Koinobori and whale-nobori make a great pair.

Koinobori and whale-nobori are a great combination.

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  1. koinobori ή ανεμοκυπρίνος

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