Children’s Day (May 5)
On May 1, Emperor Reiwa ascended the throne and we began to use the new era name “Reiwa”. Today (May 7, the first year of Reiwa), the 10-day vacation (relatively long for hardworking Japanese) to commemorate his coronation has finished. Many adults go back to their working places and children to their schools.
May 5 is Children’s Day. It was originally Boy’s day. So families with young boys put up carp shaped streamers called ‘Koi-nobori’ and display dolls of Samurai warriors to pray for their success in life. A sweet enveloped by an oak leave (Kashiwa-mochi) is often served. This sweet which has its origin in the 9th century is made with sticky rice and sweet red bean paste. Incidentally, March 3 is Girl’s day.