Japan celebrates Children's Day

03:21, Apr 23 2013
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Carp streamers hang during the 'Koinobori' festival at Tsuruuda River in Tatebayashi, Japan.
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Carp streamers hang during the 'Koinobori' festival at Tsuruuda River in Tatebayashi, Japan.
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Carp streamers hang during the 'Koinobori' festival at Tsuruuda River in Tatebayashi, Japan.
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Carp streamers hang during the 'Koinobori' festival at Tsuruuda River in Tatebayashi, Japan.
Koinobori_Gallery1
Carp streamers hang during the 'Koinobori' festival at Tsuruuda River in Tatebayashi, Japan.
Koinobori_Gallery1
Carp streamers hang during the 'Koinobori' festival at Tsuruuda River in Tatebayashi, Japan.
Koinobori_Gallery1
Carp streamers hang during the 'Koinobori' festival at Tsuruuda River in Tatebayashi, Japan.
Koinobori_Gallery1
Carp streamers hang during the 'Koinobori' festival at Tsuruuda River in Tatebayashi, Japan.
Koinobori_Gallery1
Carp streamers hang during the 'Koinobori' festival at Tsuruuda River in Tatebayashi, Japan.
Koinobori_Gallery1
Carp streamers hang during the 'Koinobori' festival at Tsuruuda River in Tatebayashi, Japan.

Carp streamers are traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Children's Day. The streamers in the gallery above hang during the 'Koinobori' festival at Tsuruuda River in Tatebayashi, Japan.

Traditionally people hang carp streamers to pray for the health and future success of their sons. The tradition originates from a folktale in which a carp becomes a dragon once it successfully swims up the waterfall.

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