Koi Carp Streamers (over Shimanto River)

こいのぼりの川渡し(Koinobori no Kawawatashi)
500 koi carp streamers swim above the Shimanto River
From April to May each year, more than 500 colorful streamers in the shape of carp fly over the Shimanto River. Called koi-nobori in Japanese, these carp streamers are said to symbolize wishes of success and health for young boys.
The custom of flying koi-nobori is one of Japan's most popular traditions, and though you can now see it in places all over Japan, the Shimanto river region was the birthplace of the tradition of flying large schools of carp over a river. A young boy was heard saying that as one gets older, their family begins to stop flying koi-nobori for them. Some adults heard the boy's words and decided to gather about 50 or so streamers, hung them up and strung them across the river. This custom that started as a way to cheer up some local boys has continued ever since, growing into a major attraction.
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Address 高知県高岡郡四万十町十川 (Tokawa, Shimanto Town, Takaoka Gun, Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture, Japan)
Telephone Number 0880-28-5111
Directions●About 5 min walk from JR Tokawa Station
●About 1 hr 30 min drive from Susaki-higashi IC on Kochi Expressway
Map Code392 223 675*30

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