Celebrating Children’s Day in Japanese

Primary School students have been celebrating Japanese Children's Day.

“This activity allowed students, including those who are learning other languages, to learn a bit about Japanese culture and custom,” Languages Teacher Machiko Ohta said.

Japanese Children’s Day is celebrated on 5 May, when people wish for children’s health and happiness.

“This day is celebrated by flying koinobori (carp), eating kashiwamochi (sticky rice cakes with red beans) and chimaki (sticky sweet rice) and taking shobu-yu (bath with shobu plant which is a type of iris),” Machiko sensei said.

“In class, the students enjoyed singing the Kodomo no hi (children’s day) song and made their own koinobori (carp) after watching a special video of Noriko sensei explaining how people in Japan celebrate this special day.”