Japan's Children's Day Celebration

Japan's Children's Day 2021

Kodomo no hi

at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens' (RTBG) Japanese Garden

Saturday 30 April – Sunday 8 May 2022

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Children's Day in Japan is set aside as a national holiday on 5 May each year to celebrate children. The event pays respect and honours children's strengths and personalities and grants wishes of health and happiness.

On Children's Day in Japan, carp-shaped streamers and windsocks called "koinobori" (a symbol of the carp's strength as it swims against the current) are displayed outside homes, in streets and parks, representing the desire for children to become brave and strong individuals. Many other communities across the world have joined Japan in celebrating children, running their own Japanese Children's Day celebrations.

The City of Hobart, in partnership with the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, will celebrate Children's Day in 2022 where schools and visitors can enjoy:

  • a display of children's handcrafted carp shaped decorations hung in the RTBG's Japanese Garden
  • six metre traditional Koinobori windsocks donated by Hobart's Japanese sister city, Yaizu
  • information about Children's Day and our city's 45 year relationship with Yaizu
  • a program of live events and demonstrations at the top entrance of the Japanese Garden from students and members of our Japanese community running from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday 30 April and Saturday 7 May
  • Japanese inspired fare available from the RBTG's café.

View the event page for more information.

Event page

Important information for schools

Please download the teacher's information document below which contains all you need to know and also includes a handy check list.

Teachers information

Examples of Japan's Children's Day decorations(PDF, 2MB)

Schools who would like to bring groups to the Gardens during the week 2 - 6 May, please contact the RTBG, who are extending an invitation for a 'meet, greet and Q&A session' for school groups. If you wish to take up this generous invitation, please contact RTBG Visitor Experience Coordinator, Esther Beecroft in advance to book your tour. Esther's email address is esther.beecroft@rtbg.tas.gov.au.

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Children's Day resources

Below are some resources that may be useful to explore, however there are many others sites.

Golden Week & the story of Children's Day in Japan (from JapanSociety London on YouTube)

How Children's Day is celebrated in Japan (from Japan Wonder Travel Blog)

Koinobori song (from mahirudake55 on YouTube)

Animated Koinobori song (from Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com on YouTube)

Carp kite template (from tidyform.com)

Carp kite template 2 (from pinimg.com)

Making Koinobori activity (from Little Passports)

Make Koinobori video tutorial (Sakura of America on YouTube)

Make a mini Koinobori video tutorial (from Houston Public Library on YouTube)

Time for Bed, Miyuki - Read Along and the Making of Koi Fish (from #magpieyard on YouTube)

How to make origami Koi Fish (from rjdggdd on YouTube)

How to make an origami Samurai helmet (from activityvillage.co.uk)

How to make a Samurai helmet out of cardboard (from activityvillage.co.uk)

How to make an origami Japanese fan (from origami-amazing.blogspot.com)

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School's presentation/performance registration

Please complete the online Children's Day Activity Registration Form below.

Registrations will close at midnight on Friday 18 March 2022.

Registration form

You will receive an email confirmation along with a copy of the completed form once your form has been successfully submitted.

Presentation/performance information

Performances will commence on the hour from 10 am through to 3 pm on Saturday 30 April and again on Saturday 7 May. This provides six available presentation slots each Saturday.

Up to 15 minutes prior and before the end of each hour will be quarantined for set-up and pack-down allowing a maximum 30 minute presentation. Presentations may be less than 30 minutes.

For example:

Set-up: 9.45 am to 10.00 am
Performance: 10.00 am to 10.30 am
Pack Down: 10.30 am to 10.45 am

If you have any questions please email coatesc@hobartcity.com.au.

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