May in Japan begins with a succession of four public holidays collectively called Golden Week but none is more loved than Children's Day on May 5. That is the day that families with boys celebrate their offspring and wish them health and happiness by flying carp-shaped streamers called koinobori in their yard or garden or from their balcony or roof. And if they don't have a garden or even a balcony, they still find a way to decorate their home for the day – a way like the Kyugetsu Tabletop Koinobori Carp Streamer!
Made by a company that has been making dolls and ornaments for Japanese holidays since the early 19th century (it was founded in 1836), the Kyugetsu Tabletop Koinobori Carp Streamer is made of papier-mâché, which in turn is made of high-quality handmade washi paper. It contains one koinobori carp streamer, another stripped streamer called a fukinagashi, a pole, and an arrow wheel called a yaguruma that goes on its top. It might be just 25 x 9 x 35 cm (9.8 x 3.5 x 13.8"), but it's a perfect replica of a garden koinobori stream that stays with your family long after your boys have grown up!
Specs and Features:
- Contains 1 carp streamer, 1 fukinagashi stripped streamer, 1 yaguruma arrow wheel, 1 pole, base
- Dimensions: 25 x 9 x 35 cm (9.8 x 3.5 x 13.8")
- Materials: wood, papier-mâché/washi paper
- Made by historical Tokyo doll maker Kyugetsu (est. 1836)