May 5 is a national holiday to celebrate children's happiness in Japan. People eat 柏餅 Kashiwa Mochi, steamed sticky rice filled with sweet bean paste and wrapped in oak leaves. Since an old leaf did not fall until the sprout grew, the leaf of oak is considered to be a sign of prosperity.
Carp streamers, dolls of a samurai, a tiger or something gallant are often displayed because this day is originally for boys, March 3 is Girls' Day on the other hand.
May 5, 2012
流鏑馬神事 Yabusame series is going to be continued tomorrow again.
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