Kodomo no hi/ Children’s Day in Japan

30 Apr


It’s less than a week until こどものひ, or Children’s Day! Kodomo no hi is on Thursday May 5th (same day as Cinco de mayo). It used to be that only boys celebrated this holiday, but nowadays, both boys and girls can celebrate.

You can read about Children’s Day in Japan at these websites:

1) Kids Web Japan

2) Wikipedia

3) All About

The last website, All About, is especially informative (but it is all in Japanese). It has many craft ideas and recipes. Kikkoman is another website that has a lot of recipes for Children’s Day.

Make sure you check out my post about koinobori, as that is a big part of the day’s celebrations.

You can also make kabuto hats out of origami or newspaper to wear or use as a decoration. Here is a how-to-video:

KodomoNoHi coloring pages can be found here, here, here, here, and here.

What are you doing to celebrate?

5 Responses to “Kodomo no hi/ Children’s Day in Japan”

  1. Sasha May 3, 2012 at 9:06 AM #

    As always, I’m specially thankful for your very useful links. Glad to know that girls too are allowed now 🙂 How to you present it to your children if I may ask? Do you just have fun doing crafts or do you explain any signification or else?
    (just wondering because on some events I don’t always find the words)

    • Hiragana Mama May 3, 2012 at 11:54 AM #

      Right now, we just have fun doing crafts, learning the songs, reading picture books about it, etc. My daughter learns about the holidays at Japanese School too.


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