Japan's Children's Day Celebration
Kodomo no hi
at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens' (RTBG) Japanese Garden
Saturday 30 April – Sunday 8 May 2022
The City of Hobart, in partnership with the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG), held Hobart's 4th Japan's Children's Day event this year from Saturday 30 April to Sunday 8 May. Even with some days bringing very heavy rain the visitors to the Gardens, across the two weekends, exceeded five thousand.
Children's Day, held on 5 May in Japan each year, symbolised by the flying of colourful carp shaped streamers called 'Koinobori' (a symbol of the carp's strength as it swims against the current) celebrates children and their parent's desire for them to grow up strong, brave and healthy.
As in previous year's local school students handcrafted a spectacular array of streamers which, for the first time, flew alongside those made and sent to Hobart by students from our sister City Yaizu in Japan. Together, with six seven meter traditional Koinobori, it was a delight to behold, over 1000 Koinobori fluttering amongst the spectacular autumn shades at the Japanese Garden.
This year's event also saw the addition of fun Japanese family events on each Saturday which included, traditional Japanese storytelling, workshop teaching the art of playing Kendama (ball sport), demonstration of traditional Tea Ceremony, Ikebana (flower arranging) and a delightful performance of songs in Japanese and Taiko drumming by local students.
A public survey of visitors to the event showed that 96 per cent of the visitors were likely to recommend the event to others and 87 per cent felt it was either very or extremely important for Hobart to have relationships with international cities.
Sample of survey comments:
- Absolutely beautiful! Thank you
- I love the inclusivity of this work
- We've made this an annual event to come and see the beautiful decorations
- Beautiful, creative children
- Absolutely love the displays, so respectful and so much colour.