Family Fun: Japanese Children’s Day 

Sun 4 May 201411am–3pm
NatureSpace, Level 2
Free entry

Carb flags fly in the wind
Carp flags fly on Japanese Children’s Day. Courtesy of Embassy of Japan in Wellington

Celebrate Japanese Children’s Day with a range of fun-filled activities for kids of all ages.

11am-3pm Make a 3-D carp fish flag to take home

11am-3pm Try on a happi (festival) coat and anime mask - and capture the moment in a photograph

11am-1pm Make an origami carp

1pm-3pm Have a go at kendama, a traditional Japanese children's game

Proudly presented by the Wellington JET Programme Alumni Association and the Embassy of Japan, with support from Te Papa.

About Children’s Day in Japan

Kodomo no Hi (Children’s Day) is a national holiday in Japan and takes place each year on 5 May. Families fly carp-shaped koinobori flags, which flutter in the wind like carp swimming.

Carp symbolise strength because of a Chinese legend in which a carp swam strongly upstream and was transformed into a dragon.

Japanese events in Wellington – Japan Information and Cultural Centre

Children’s Day in Japan – find out more