Japan's Children's Day Celebration

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Kodomo no hi

at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden’s Japanese Garden (RTBG)

Sat 1 May – Sun 9 May 2021

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 is inviting schools to engage in 2021 Children’s Day celebrations.

To take part, please find more information on the Japan's Children's Day Celebration page. Please note, school registrations close on Friday 19 March 2021.

The City of Hobart, in partnership with the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, will celebrate Children’s Day in 2021 with a display of children’s written works on handcrafted carp shaped decorations hung in the RTBG’s Japanese Garden. The Gardens will also display several six metre traditional Koinobori windsocks donated by Hobart’s Japanese sister city, Yaizu. There will be information about Children’s Day and our city’s 44 year relationship with Yaizu. The Garden’s cafe will also be offering a special menu of Japanese inspired treats. 

The student decorated Japanese Garden will be available to view between Saturday 1 May through to Sunday 9 May, allowing schools and the community to visit as convenient.

Schools who would like to bring groups to the Gardens during the week can contact the RTBG, who are extending an invitation for a 'meet, greet and guided tour of the Gardens' for students. Larger groups can be split into smaller groups to swap between attending the Children’s Day installation in the Japanese Garden and the guided garden tour. Please contact RTBG Visitor Experience CoordinatorEsther Beecroft directly if you wish to take up this invitation. Esther’s email address is esther.beecroft@rtbg.tas.gov.au

Japan's Children's Day 2021


  • Saturday, 01 May 2021 | 08:00 AM - Sunday, 09 May 2021 | 05:00 PM


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Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Lower Domain Road, Queens Domain 7000  View Map

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