Fish Flag Day!

Gigantic fish flags take to the sky at Nishiarai Daishi temple

Gigantic fish flags take to the sky at Nishiarai Daishi temple

On a fine spring day, how can you not be cheered by spotting koi nobori swimming through the sky? It’s Children’s Day again, here in Japan, and fathers & sons everywhere are celebrating by having iris fights in the bath.

Carp flags school over the shopping street in Kameido

Carp flags school over the shopping street in Kameido

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Fancy golden ones in a Kawagoe shop window.

Here are last year’s beauties at Tokyo Tower and hanging from a kite string at Yoyogi Park: Swimming In The Sky

Read a novel set in Tokyo

In the wake of a deadly earthquake, fans erupt in a frenzy of mourning when it’s discovered that their favorite pop star is among the dead. But when Detective Kenji Nakamura is sent to investigate a death at a local shrine, he finds evidence that suggests the impossible: How could the head priest have been murdered by…read more