こどものひ Children’s Day
Story: Earle sensei Photographs: Mitsuko Tasihro Illustration: Kahlia Henry
P1: The 5th of May is Children’s Day. “Grandpa, what is Children’s Day?”
P2: This is a day to wish for good health and a future for the children. A long time ago, this day was for boys only, but nowadays girls also celebrate this day.
P3: On Children’s Day, people put out carp decorations. “Why?”
P4: “There is a legend that carps can become dragons if they can climb up a waterfall. So, people wish that the children can grow strong like the carp.”
P5: The children wear the Samurai kimono. “Why?”
P6: “Samurai are strong. therefore, it is to wish the children become strong like samurai.”
P7 People put out samurai helmets.
P8 The children wear a samurai helmet that is made from newspaper. “Why?”
“The samurai helmets protected them; therefore, it is to wish that the helmets will protect the children from bad things.
P9 People put out flowers, Japanese iris.
P10: And they have a bath with iris leaves.
“Why? “ “The iris leaves look like samurai swords. The samurai swords protected samurai. Therefore, this is to wish that iris leaves will protect the children from bad things.
P11: People eat oak leave rice cakes. “Why?”
P12 “The oak leaves do not fall unless they produce a new bud. Therefore, this is to wish that children will have healthy children, just like the oak leaves.
P13: People eat special treats. “Wow, ripper!” “Looks delicious.”
P15: People also enjoy Japanese sweets and cakes etc.
P16: Japanese people celebrate Children’s Day together with their families, like this.
P17: Therefore, let us say ‘thank you’ to the people in your family.
P18: “Thank you, grandpa.” “You are welcome.”
P19: Well, let us celebrate Children’s Day. “Richy, let’s take a boat ride to see the carp decorations!”
P20: Hope you have an enjoyable day. “Wow, happy!”