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Outside Meiji 1900s Teijiro Takagi
Koinobori (carp streamers) celebrate Tango no Sekku, popularly known as “Boys’ Day”. It was celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th moon in the lunar calendar.

Tango no Sekku probably originated during the reign of Empress Suiko (593–628 A.D.). In 1948, the government decreed this day to be a national holiday to celebrate the happiness of all children and to express gratitude toward mothers.

Tango no Sekku is still celebrated on May 5th today, but is now officially known as Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day).
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