Tuesday, June 4, 2013

CD: Tango-no-Sekku (Boys' Festival)

Carpe Diem #213


In early summer, Japanese families celebrated Tango-no-Sekku, the Boys' Festival. With its special customs and observances, it is Japan's way of celebrating the healthy growth and development of her young boys. It is now celebrated May 5 but is still considered an early summer kigo (season word) for haiku.


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 proud family
displays four carp kites
for each son



Japanese boys play
samurai battle as Shoki
prepare to be men



Japanese iris
awesome boys' samurai swords
young warriors play



 

8 comments:

  1. These are wonderful! And I can't tell you how much they make me want to bust out the nerf swords!

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    1. I like nerf balls :) Nerf swords do sound like fun and much more "playful" than toys that look real.

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  2. Good day Maggie, I like the way how you take us for a journey through all things belonging to Boys' day.

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    1. Thank you, Kristjaan! Another unintentional journey. Just remembering what I read to inspire me :)

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  3. Play is always prelude to adulthood, but what is adulthood prelude to?

    Children at Festival

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  4. An excellent set Grace, capturing each part of the prompt :)

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    1. Thank you, jrb! You are too kind.

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