Lihu`e Hongwanji Mission threw a party for Kaua`i keiki in recognition of “Kodomo No Hi,” Children’s Day, a Japanese holiday with ancient roots.
This year Children’s Day fell on May 5. It is a combination of what used to be separate days for “Girls Day” and “Boys Day.”
The familiar koi flags, called koinobori, were strung around the grounds of the mission. Koinobori are for the boys, representing strength, bravery and health. The celebration of girls is traditionally marked by a display of dolls.
It was a carnival atmosphere with a multitude of games, arts and crafts for the children, as well as a demonstration of mochi making.