The festival was first held in 1995 and has been held annually since then. It attracts about 6,000 people and is a day full of fun, Japanese food, martial arts, crafts, origami and calligraphy, ikebana, performances, music, kimono-wearing and much more!
This is Adelaide's largest Japanese cultural festival with heaps happening. It is now in its 24th year and is a family fun day. It is a wonderful day for people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds to enjoy all things Japanese.
Children's Day is a Japanese national school holiday which takes place annually on 5th May - the fifth day of the fifth month. This is the final celebration in Golden Week. It is a day that is traditionally set aside to respect children and to celebrate their happiness. On this day the children are respected and honoured for their "individual strengths and happiness".
Children's Day was originally known as Tango no Sekku which is nearing the seventh sign of the Chinese zodiac. It is usually translated as Boys Day and used to be a celebration for boys. The holiday was officially changed to celebrate the health of both girls and boys in 1948. Kodomo no Hi is very well known as it has unique traditions and decorations that are associated with the holiday.
On Kodomo no Hi, Koinobori or cloth carp streamers are flown on poles outside public buildings and private houses. There is one for each child in the household. This brings luck and good fortune to the children inside. Samurai warrior figures and samurai kabuto helmets are also put on display in homes to inspire strength and bravery.
Koi fish or carp are supposed to be strong spirited fish and are held in awe because of their determination in fighting as they swim upstream. This symbolises the children wanting to become brave and strong individuals.
Children eat kashiwa-mochi which is sticky rice cakes wrapped in oak leaves and other sweets. Children take centre stage in traditional Japanese plays. Children also use the day to thank and show respect for their teachers, parents, and relatives who care for them.