Happy Boys Day / Cinco de Mayo

May 05, 2010
2010 May 05

It’s “Boys Day” in Japan (a part of Golden Week ), and as we all know, “Boys Day” means a lot of flying carp and special armor.  I mean *duh*, right?  But what is the deal with all the flying carp?  From everybody’s friend, wikipedia:

Before this day, families raise the carp-shaped koinobori   flags (carp because of the Chinese legend that a carp that swims upstream becomes a dragon, and the way the flags blow in the wind looks like they are swimming), one for each boy (or child), display a Kintaro doll usually riding on a large carp, and the traditional Japanese military helmet, kabuto . Kintaro and the kabuto are symbols of a strong and healthy boy.

Cinco de Mayo is also a pretty big deal here, but since we’re a Japanese company, the adorable kid trying to fly a kite in the living room gets top slot (although these kids are also pretty adorable ).