Japan

Rural Japanese life

The village photographed here is not named by Michael, other than it sits on the edge of Japan’s Inland Sea.

Fishing village on Inland Sea, Japan
Fishing village on Inland Sea, Japan
Japanese children at home
Japanese children at home
Japanese houses
Japanese houses

Every year, Japan celebrates a national holiday called “Children’s Day.” Historically, this holiday used to be called “The Boy’s Festival.” During this celebration, fish banners on bamboo poles are attached to the houses of families that have male children. The carp banners are purchased by the family on the first Children’s Day after the child’s birth and are flown on every festival day after that. In the Japanese culture, the carp symbolises masculinity, power, and determination.

Paper fish
Paper fish
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