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Koi Nobori: 3 Places in Kanto to see Flying Carp, the Symbol of Children’s Day in Japan

Koinobori (鯉のぼり) is a set of carp-shaped banners that float and flap in the air for the Children’s Day celebrations from April to May. There is something strangely fascinating about koinobori on a beautiful sunny day. Koinobori display various colors, designs, and sizes which stream freely and strongly in the wind, which always touches my…

Fall in Love with Koi: The Japanese National Fish

“Koi” is the word for carp in Japanese. It is a group of fish which is commonly bred for decorative purposes. It includes two kinds of fish, the darker grey color and the brightly-colored one.   japanesekoisales.com/ The latter is more popular than the former and is also known as the brocaded carp or “nishikigoi”…

Koi, The Iconic Japanese Pond Fish

Koi is a typical Japanese pond fish which you can find in almost any pond or river canal in Japan. There are two meanings for the Japanese word “Koi”, one being the name of the fish and the other meaning “love” or “care” (the kanji of the words are different). Koi is a freshwater fish…

10 Popular Japanese Good Luck Charms (Engimono) to Have in Your Home

What symbolizes good luck in your country? Is there some particular type of item or food that is said to bring you good fortune? In many countries and cultures, there are various traditions that involve eating a certain food, wearing or using a specific item, or even performing a certain to ensure that good luck…