Following in Japan’s footsteps

THE Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens was alive with the sound of more than 400 little people last month when the City of Hobart, in association with the Botanical Gardens, hosted the inaugural celebrations for Japan’s Children’s Day.

Children’s Day has been a national holiday in Japan since 1948 and this year, the City of Hobart joined in the festivities as a celebration of its 42-year relationship with sister city, Yaizu.

On the day, families in Japan fly koinobori (carp shaped wind-socks and streamers) for each of their children.

The carp was chosen because it symbolises strength and success and according to Chinese legend, the carp was able to swim upstream and become a dragon.

The City invited school students across southern Tasmania that currently teach Japanese to contribute decorations, present performances and attend the event.

Children created their own koinobori by using recycled and/or compostable materials and these were on proud display in the Japanese Gardens next to six traditional koinobori, which were gifted to the City from Yaizu.

The event included a program of performances by the students and Japanese-themed food was available to purchase.

Caption: Participants enjoy a day at the gardens during the City of Hobart’s inaugural ‘Children’s Day’ event. All photos credited to Natasha Mulhall.

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