Japan’s Children’s Day celebration goes online

DESPITE COVID-19 regulations, the Hobart community still had the chance to celebrate Japan’s Children’s Day, with the event moving online.

Drone footage on the City of Hobart website shows the beautiful carp-shaped streamers and windsocks known as ‘koinobori’ that were gifted by Hobart’s Japanese Sister City, Yaizu.

The six-metre long koinobori, which are traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Children’s Day, were seen flying high at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Government House.

Lord Mayor Anna Reynolds said that while this year’s event could not be held in person, it was still important to celebrate together as a community.

“We invite the children and communities of Hobart, Yaizu and around the world to go online to enjoy this very special day,” she said.

“Physical distancing doesn’t prevent us from coming together as a community to celebrate our children’s lives, contributions and well-being.”

Japan’s Children’s Day was marked for the first time in Hobart last year, attracting hundreds of children to a special event at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

“Last year’s event was a great success, with Japanese songs and Taiko drumming and hundreds of colourful decorations made by students,” Mayor Reynolds said.

“I said at the time that it would be really good to make it a regular tradition because everyone involved loved it, and we won’t let COVID-19 get in the way of that.”

Japan’s Children’s Day has been an annual national holiday in Japan since 1948.

The event is celebrated by many countries worldwide, including in Australia.

The City of Hobart has a 43-year friendship with Yaizu and a 30-year Yaizu student exchange program, with Government House hosting and providing a tour for the exchange student each year.

To view images and videos of the koinobori, visit hobartcity.com.au/Japanschildrensday.

Caption: Koinobori at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens for Japan’s Children’s Day.

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