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  • Children's day Portland Japanese Garden - Oregon: May 12, 2012

Author Topic: May 12, 2912 Kodomo no Hi Children's day - Portland Japanese Garden  (Read 1609 times)

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Saturday, May 5, 2012
1-3 p.m. throughout the Garden
Included with Garden admission


Jonathan Ley
Once again this year, the Portland Japanese Garden celebrates Kodomo no Hi with a variety of children’s activities and performances for families, including a  Taste of Tea for children in the Garden’s Kashintei Tea House, the raising of our brilliantly colored new koi nobori carp banners, the making of paper kabuto helmets and paper koi kites, taiko drumming, and other perennially popular Children’s Day activities for the entire family.
This event is underwritten in part by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.
Kodomo no Hi in Japanese Tradition

Children’s Day has its roots in an older observance on the fifth day of the fifth month of the year: Tango no Sekku, a day for youngsamurai to honor the traditions of their warrior fathers and grandfathers and learn about the virtues of courage, loyalty, perserverance, and honor. Samurai families displayed suits of armor and heirloom swords, boys took part in mock battles, and family crests flew proudly from banners on bamboo poles above the rooftops of their homes. After World War II, the festival was broadened to include all children and renamed Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day.

Shorinji Kempo Portland Branch
Celebrated in Japan today on May 5, Children’s Day festivities now emphasize the health and well-being of all children, and events have expanded to include athletic meets for boys and girls and outdoor activities of all kinds. Only the colorful koi banners that fly from apartment building balconies and miniature displays of replica helmets remind us of the festival’s samurai past. Koi remain the enduring symbol of perseverance, for like the salmon, koi swim upstream against all odds to spawn, inspiring the Chinese legend of “Climbing the Dragon Gate” in which a fearless koi swims up a waterfall to become a dragon.