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Production of streamers to pray for healthy children in full swing in southwest Japan

Illustrations of characters such as tigers and feudal warlords are painted on "May streamers" at Johjima Hata Senko's workshop in Ogi, Saga Prefecture, on March 28, 2022. (Mainichi/Noriko Tokuno) =Click/tap photo for more images.

OGI, Saga -- The production of "May streamers," to be flown along with carp streamers on Children's Day on May 5 to pray for their healthy upbringing, has been in full swing at a workshop in this southwestern Japan city.

    At manufacturer Johjima Hata Senko's workshop, illustrations of vibrant characters such as feudal warlords and dragons are painted by hand on a 7.5-meter-long piece of fabric. This year, illustrations of tigers are apparently popular as 2022 is the year of the tiger in the Chinese zodiac.

    While May streamers have been traditionally popular primarily in western Japan including the Kyushu region, President Morihiro Johjima, 68, commented, "There are also orders from other regions including Kanto (in east Japan) as customers find them spectacular."

    Production of the streamers will continue until the end of April.

    (Japanese original by Noriko Tokuno, Kyushu Photo Department)

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