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Koinobori

Koinobori: Token of Life

 Around the middle of the Edo Period, a Japanese family custom was created; to fly a koinobori from the highest place of their house. It was originally a way to pray for blessings and protection of their new born boy. It now gathers family and relatives to pray for the healthy growth of the children in the family. 

This koinobori is named Token of Life to represent symbolisms of longevity and prosperity in both Hawaiian culture and Japanese culture. A koinobori represents a carp fish which is an extremely strong life-force that can swim against rapid currents. It ultimately symbolizes the ability to withstand any environment or circumstance, and is a decoration that represents the hope that the child will be successful in their life. 

[ Two meter fabric koinobori displayed in the Tokyo Midtown Park ]

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