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5-1-16 Portland JG - Children's Day KODOMO NO HI
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May 1, 2016

Included with Garden Admission
This annual celebration is always a fun time at the Garden. Families have the unique opportunity to experience another culture through this traditional festival dedicated to the health and well-being of children. Upbeat Taiko drum performances by UNIT SOUZOU reverberate across the eastern overlook while children dance, color, and learn the art of origami helmet making.

Across the Garden, in the Tea House, children can try on cotton yukata and experience a taste of tea service! Down by the Heavenly Falls, the koi will be on full display with our koi expert, Linda Montgomery, there with fish facts and activities.  All this plus a scavenger hunt, a koi parade and more make this morning of fun not to be missed.

Recommended for children ages 3-12 and accompanying adults.

About Children’s Day in Japan

May 5 is Kodomo no hi, or “Children’s Day,” in Japan. It was traditionally called Tango no Sekku meaning the fifth day of the fifth month, and it was a celebration for boys. Girls have their own celebration, called Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival), on the third day of the third month. In 1948, the event was designated a national holiday to respect and honor both girls and boys for their individual strength and growth.

From April to early May, Koinobori, carp streamers, are displayed outside of homes and public buildings in honor of all children for a good future and in the hope that they will grow up healthy and strong. Koi carp symbolize courage and strength as they swim upstream and through powerful waterfalls. Japanese families also display Kabuto, samurai helmets, and Gogatsu-ningyo, samurai dolls with their sword, bows and arrows.

Samurai dolls often represent traditional folktale characters such as Kintaro and Momotaro who also symbolize courage and strength.