tasty tidbits from the old-fashioned Japanese Kitchen
Koinobori (Carp Banners)
From mid-April through
the Golden Week holidays early in May, carp banners called koi nobori, dangle from
poles outside many homes and shops, and flutter in the breezes of public spaces (above, left, a string of them over Shimanto River in Shikoku). These flying carp appear to be swimming vigorously in
the sky, alluding to a Chinese legend in which carp become dragons after
boldly swimming over challenging waterfalls. The carp has come to symbolize strength and perseverance. Families and communities throughout Japan wishing for prosperity and health of the next generation display koinobori everywhere.