Koinobori fly through Golden Week in honor of children
Koinobori, or carp streamers, are flying in many places on Okinawa during the Golden Week. Originally appeared as symbols for the Boys Day, they are now flown in honor of all children, who the parent hope will grow up to be as strong and determined as carp, a fish that is strong enough to swim up a waterfall.
The Peace Memorial Park Koinobori festival runs from Apr. 28 through May 6 at the Memorial Park Ceremony Square in Mabuni, Itoman City.
There is a giant 30-meter long koinobori flying along 20,000 small ones, and workshops where children and parents can make their own paper koinobori, kites and toys.
Oku Yambaru-no Sato Park at the northernmost part of Okinawa Island has koinobori flying from Apr. 28 through May 6 over the river that runs through the park. There are stage performances on May 3, 4 and 5 featuring children’s and youth groups’ Eisa performances, folk songs, hula dance and bingo games on each day between 13:00 and 18:00. Admission to the event is free.
The Nakijin Koinobori Festival runs through 27th ~ 28th, with events beginning each day at 10 a.m. This festival takes place at Nakijin no Eki.
Hijya River Koinobori Festival takes place on Apr. 28, and Koinobori flying from Apr. 28 through May 12 over the river.
Haneji Dam Koinobori Festival May 4 ~ May 5 9:00~17:30.
Motobu Port features koinobori that are not in the form of traditional carp but tuna to commemorate the tuna fishing tradition of Motobu. The festival features stage events such as street performances, Okinawan folk music live and free servings of snacks on May 4th.
Okinawa Kodomo-no Kuni or Zoo features Children’s Festival with events spanning Apr. 27th through May 6th. The main events take place with dance, live music and comedy on stage. Tickets to the event a ¥500 for adults and ¥200 for high and junior high school students. Elementary school age and younger children are free.