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May 5 is Japan's national holiday, Kodomo No Hi (Children's day; originally Boy's festival). In the past, samurai warriors in the battlefield wore full yoroi armor and flew streamers painted in various colors and shapes. Some of them had carp pictures on them because in Japanese culture, the carp symbolizes courage and strength, due to its ability to swim up a waterfall. Since courage and strength are traits desired in boys, families in Japan have traditionally flown koinobori (carp shaped streamers) on bamboos from their homes to honor their sons and to express hope that each boy in the family will grow up healthy and strong.

On Kodomo No Hi, 2005 we held a mixed media performance at Loop-Line cafe in Tokyo (see news & events section).

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