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Friday, May 5, 2017

HAPPY BOYS DAY

     Happy Poetry Friday.


Three paper kites
hang from our house
they flutter, flap and sway.
These paper fish are flying
high to celebrate
Tango no sekku
a Happy Boys Day.

On May fifth in communities with a Japanese influence you'll see paper carp
dancing on bamboo poles to honor the men in the household.  There are lots of Japanese-Americans who live on my island so we celebrate boys day and there are lots of paper carp flying today.  This holiday is also known as the Feast of Banners.  You can find out more about this celebration here

   There is a legend about the swimming carp becoming a dragon.  Can you write a poem today about a dragon?  What color would your dragon be?  Have fun writing.


E kūlia i ka nu‘u.
 
Strive to reach the highest.

--a Hawaiian proverb

  To read more poetry posts, Jama Kim Rattigan is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup today on 

her blog Jama's Alphabet Soup here.  Thanks Jama, for hosting us this week.

Happy Cinco de Mayo and have a great weekend.

17 comments:

  1. I haven't heard of this holiday. Thanks for sharing. Very inspiring -- I am now thinking of dragons. :-)

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    1. I hope your dragons set your poetry on fire.

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  2. I miss living in Hawaii and seeing others celebrating both Girls' and Boys' Days. Those flying carp always cheered me up. Thanks for the wonderful poem, Joy.

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    1. Ah, Jama. I always think of this as your home. I find the flying carp cheery too. Come visit me.

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  3. Oh, what fun! I didn't know about this holiday, so I am super excited to celebrate my two boys today! Thanks, Joy!

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    1. Celebrate those boys everyday. We've been having trade winds so I want to try to find a kite to fly.

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  4. I don't know much about boys day, but the paper carp sound like fun. They are so colorful.

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    1. I actually had fun making the illustration for this poem.

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  5. Our first graders have been learning about Japan and celebrated Children's Day (the fairly recent renaming of Boy's Day) today on the playground by flying their carp kites. :-) Christie @ https://wonderingandwondering.wordpress.com/blog/

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    1. Did you take pictures? I'd love to see the paper kites with you rejoicing kids.

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  6. I remember being happily surprised by the amount of Japanese culture to be found in Hawaii! To bad I've never been to Japan in May, to celebrate this myself!

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    1. The diversity of cultures is why living here is so exciting. And wow do we have some great food!

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  7. Thanks for a glimpse into a new holiday and a new way to celebrate our GUYS!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Mary Lee.

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  8. Fun celebration, in your colorful poem and image, thanks Joy!

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  9. Lovely carp-drawing, Joy! I'm feeling like the boys don't need their own damn day today, having brainstormed leaders with 2nd graders and amassed a list of 10 with not one mention of a woman! I even had one kid tell me that women can't be leaders, period. So I'll prefer Children's Day in your nice poem and love it all the same!

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