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toy tigerW80xL140xH100mm, Japan

Today is Tango no Sekku, Boy’s day, in Japan.  Along with the Koinobori (carp banner), figurines will be placed inside of the house.  It is believed that these figurines will protect the child; offering bravery and well being.

This is a lucky tiger –  Fuku Tora, made with cloth.

Comparing to the Chinese cloth tiger, it looks more innocent.

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This is a carp wind sock for the celebration of the Tango no Sekku festival (the Boy’s festival, now known as the Children’s Day).  The wind sock will be hung on a pole from April to early May.  Typically they will be hung up the roof on a pole from top down; the fukinagashi steamer, the biggest black koinobori (the father), the big red one (the mother), the small blue one (the son), the green, the purple and the orange koinobori (in sequence for the other children in the household).  As carps will swim upstream against all difficulties to achieve their goal, parents hopes their child will do the same to become a great person.