What is the history and significance of the koinobori?
The intriguing history of the koi nobori begins centuries ago during the artistic Edo Period in Japan. Originally, samurai warriors would fly these colorful banners on the battlefield, some in the shape of a carp or decorated with pictures of carp. At the beginning of the modern age, the banners became carp streamers and since then, koinobori has become a significant symbol used in many Japanese festivals and on a national holiday called Children’s Day. Nearly all households in Japan have koi nobori and it is now gaining popularity in numerous other countries.
What is the koinobori made of?
Koinobori can be made by stencilling or painting colorful fish scales and carp patterns on any type of cloth, fabric or paper. Lightweight and weather resistant materials work the best so that the koi nobori appear to be swimming gracefully in the air. The brightly colored Luffy Koi Nobori Windsock is made created by stenciling fish scales onto durable nylon material.
When can I fly my koi nobori?
Although traditionally koinobori are flown in Japan throughout April and into May, it is completely acceptable to let them flutter in the wind all year long. The beauty and the symbolism of the koi nobori isn’t stifled by tradition; the message of strength and courage is pertinent on any day of the year.
What can I teach my students about koinobori?
Along with the fascinating history and symbolism of the koi nobori, you can also teach students about the many festivals featuring the koi nobori, the importance of the carp and all about Japan’s national holiday Children’s Day, which was previously known as Boys’ Festival. There is even a fun children’s song called the Koinobori Song for them to learn.FUN AND EDUCATIONAL FOR HISTORY & SYMBOLISM CLASS — Koinobori, which loosely translates to carp streamer in Japanese, are colorful, decorative windsocks traditionally flown in Japan on the national holiday called Children’s Day (May 5th) and also during many Japanese festivals throughout the year. Children’s Day (previously called Boys’ Day) celebrates the health and happiness of children. Children also take this opportunity to thank and show respect to their parents and teachers.