Steamed joshinko (rice flour) filled with sweet bean paste and wrapped in oak leaves
The oak tree is considered an auspicious tree that continues the familyline.
Children’s Day, May 8
Celebrates the healthy growth and future success of boys.
Families fly koinobori (carp-shaped streamers) outside and decorate their houses with items like armor, helmets, and warrior dolls. It originates from a Chinese custom of driving aways evil spirits with irises. After the second war, this day was desiganted as a national holiday and renamed “Children’s Day.”