5,000 Fluttering Fish Flags
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.
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.
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
A Japanese pop star is swept away in the tsunami following a devastating earthquake, and her fans erupt in a frenzy of mourning. In the wake of the disaster, Detective Kenji Nakamura is sent to investigate a death at a local shrine, but…read more