Swimming In The Sky


I love these. Every year on May 5, families fly koi nobori outside their houses as a sort of prayer that their sons will become like the carp that climbed the waterfall to become a dragon. These fish flags always cheer me up, but this year for some reason the public displays are particularly exuberant!

A man at Yoyogi Park was flying a kite with koi nobori hanging from the string!
These were flying outside Tokyo Tower (I’m telling you in case you missed the orange, larger-than-life, Eiffel replica in the background).
“Koi nobori” = climbing carp. Literally!

If you’d like to see Tokyo Tower or go to Yoyogi Park the next time You’re in Tokyo, visit my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly e-magazine Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

Published by Jonelle Patrick

Writes all the Japan things.

5 thoughts on “Swimming In The Sky

    1. Heh, they did change the name of the May 5 holiday to “Children’s Day” from “Boys’ Day” but the customs are stubbornly still pretty boy-specific. Girls get their day on March 3, but the doll festival customs are rather short on wishing for warrior-like achievement.

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