5,000 Fluttering Fish Flags

KoiNoboriBridge Actually, 5,283. That’s how many koi nobori it took to snag Tatebayashi a place in the Guinness Book, and this is what they look like, flying over the river near Tsutsujigaoka Park!

Because these carp flags are flown in honor of Children's Day (formerly Boys' Day, in gender inequality eras of yore), the big fish flags alongside the river were decorated by local kindergarteners.

Because these carp flags are flown in honor of Children’s Day (formerly Boys’ Day, in gender inequality eras of yore), the big fish flags alongside the river were decorated by local kindergarteners.

As the wind blows, it looks like they're all swimming together above the river.

As the wind blows, it looks like they’re all swimming together above the river.

Hundreds of lines are strung across the river to make the mother of all fish flag schools.

Hundreds of lines are strung across the river to make the mother of all fish flag schools.

And this bad boy is the biggest koi nobori of them all.

And this bad boy is the biggest koi nobori of them all.

If you’re in Japan anytime from late March to early May, and would like to see the koi nobori display in Tsutsujigaoka Park at Tatebayashi, directions & a map are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had This year (2015) you can still see them until May 8!

Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, now out for the first time in paperback

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