Children’s Day

What a beautiful decoration! We celebrate Children’s Day on May 5th in Japan by displaying Gogatsu-ningyou at home, hoping for a healthy growth of boys*.
Gogatsu ningyou consists of a Samurai armor, decorative helmet (kabuto, you may have seen it at the ceremony of Otani Shohei’s Home run) , ornamental swords and military regalia. These items symbolize strength and courage. (* This festival was started by the upper class of samurai in the 13th century. And we have another Girl’s Festival on March 3rd.)
photos at Hibiya Library and Museum on May 8th, 2023

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