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Children’s Day at Britannia Shipyards

pink coloured carp kite or koinobori on display at Murakami House

What is Children’s Day in Japan?

May 5th is a national holiday in Japan called “Children’s Day” or Kodomo-no-hi, a special occasion to honour children’s happiness and well-being.

Visitors to Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site on the weekend of May 5, 2024, can join us in a the tradition of making “kabuto” (samurai) helmets out of origami during the Children’s Day weekend. In Japan, homes and businesses may display miniature samurai warrior doll sets (with armor, helmet & sword), and children will make these paper hats to commemorate the holiday.

Many cultural traditions like this were kept by the early immigrants who moved here from Japan. This is just one of many ways to keep the younger generations connected with their cultural heritage.

Look for the flying carp (koi) streamer (koinobori) in front of Murakami House, where this activity will take place. The craft will be offered free of charge, from Friday May 3rd to Sunday May 5th, from 10am to 5pm.