Take a trip with me for a few moments to a place long ago and far away…to celebrate Kodomo-no-hi. Or just to see how we celebrated Japanese Children’s Day on the fifth day of the fifth month! We discovered the Kurimoto Japanese Garden at the Devonian Botanic Gardens near Edmonton. During this Japanese national holiday, families fly colorful carp-shaped streamers (koinobori), display special dolls and ornaments and generally celebrate children! We started our celebrations with a picnic, then wandered the gardens under the flying carp!Spring has hardly sprung around here! This was the first really warm weekend we’ve had since winter…which ended about 2 weeks ago! The gardens are beautiful, even so. The kids were fascinated by this waterfall which leads to a pond with koi fish.Climbed the hill to ring the big bell….the kids enjoyed hearing the tolling over the quiet garden!And then crossed the bridge and watched the fish for awhile….In the Temperate Zone Greenhouse, surrounded by tropical plants drinking in the sun, we heard a traditional Japanese folk story told with a kamishibai story box!The story was about Momotaro the Peach Boy and then we listened to another story from a book…And then back to the gardens where my little friend was convinced to wear her costume that I had been carrying around all day!! It’s not “real” but we had such fun!!I’m loving this photo! It makes me think of a photo in a 1960’s magazine!! Then my friend and I watched the huge carp streamers, lovely to watch in the breeze…In the classroom, we made our own flying carp kites and did a little origami…After flying our koinobori carp streamers, we headed for home to display them and eat popsicles!We had our large carp that we made, then some smaller more traditional looking windsock-type ones from the gift shop. Each carp represents a member of the family. Usually the father is a large black carp, the mother is usually pink or red, then the children. I made a few extras to even out our carp numbers using the pattern I linked up to the other day from HERE.It was a lovely way to celebrate the day, being together, discovering something new and learning about customs from another culture. And taking photos (of course!) though I mostly relaxed and let Henry snap away!!