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Japan Photo Journal: Traditional carp streamer production peaks ahead of Children's Day

(Mainichi/Kenji Konoha)=Click/tap photo for more images.

In this photo taken on Feb. 21, 2022, carp streamers are carefully prepared by hand in the city of Sakai in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan. Production at the Takagi workshop in the city, which makes traditional Sakai Carp Streamers, has reached its peak ahead of Children's Day on May 5, when the streamers are hoisted across Japan. After drawing the eyes and scales of the carp, the streamers are painted with pigment. A trait of the streamers is that the coloring of the division between the eyes and scales is softened. The streamers designed to be displayed in people's gardens are 2.5 meters in length, but recently 1.2-meter ones for balconies and 20-centimeter indoor versions have also been popular. The workshop will produce about 60 sets by May, and they will be sold in department stores and elsewhere. Takeshi Takada, 67, a sixth-generation artist at the workshop commented, "We carefully paint each one by hand with hopes for children's health and growth."

    (Japanese original by Kenji Konoha, Osaka Photo Department)

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