Carpe Diem gave us Tango (Boy’s Day) as the Haiku prompt.
Kristjaan Panneman tells us that On this day Japanese families celebrate Tango-no-Sekku, the Boys’ Festival. With its special customs and observances, it is Japan’s way of celebrating the healthy growth and development of her young boys.
The carp has become the symbol of the Boys’ Festival because the Japanese consider it the most spirited of fish, so full of energy and power that it can fight its way up swift-running streams and cascades. Because of its strength and determination to overcome all obstacles, it stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals.
Families also worship at a shrine to Samarai Warriors.
from the nursery
mighty warrior commands
order in boy’s day
sins of the father
paid in full
Lest we forget, children are still being sent to fight in mans’ wars!
Smiles, love and laughter
© John Belchamber 2013
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