I was invited every year for Japanese Children’s day Festival, Kodomonohi festa at my friend house in Charleston. This couple of years I hadn’t went but this year, finally, I went. What they do is just meet Japanese people and Children who live in around Charleston area and cerebrate Children’s day together. It is a great day to see your friends.
We do potluck (spell?) so you can see many foods there. However, the main thing is a Anime charactor cake and cup cakes for the kids. Some volunteer mother get together a day before and make a cake and cup cakes. They decorate cakes for Japanese Children’s Day Festival. You may not know but Anpan-man who is a big cartoon, anime charactor for Japanese kids. About this past 15 plus years, every kids (3 to 5 years old) know the hero Anpan-man.
This is the Anpan-man character and his friends. And this is the Cakes! I found Pika-chu, too.
You can not find this in the American cap cake shop!
Children’s Day (こどもの日 Kodomo no hi?) is a Japanese national holiday which takes place annually on May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month, and is part of the Golden Week. It is a day set aside to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness. It was designated a national holiday by the Japanese government in 1948.
Although it is not known precisely when this day started to be celebrated, it was probably during the reign of the Empress Suiko (593–628 A.D.). In Japan, Tango no Sekku was assigned to the fifth day of the fifth month after the Nara period.
Until recently, Tango no Sekku was known as Boys’ Day (also known as Feast of Banners) while Girls’ Day (Hinamatsuri) was celebrated on March 3. In 1948, the government decreed this day to be a national holiday to celebrate the happiness of all children and to express gratitude toward mothers. It was renamed Kodomo no Hi. If you want to read more about Kokomo no hi, go this page.