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Have you ever heard of the Childrens’ Day in Japan when people put up carp-shaped flags? If you are familiar with that special day then you must know the meaning of Koi is carp in Japanese. The Japanese koi fish symbolizes courage in Japan because when caught by a fisherman they don’t quiver like other fish. Japanese people usually don’t eat the koi but in the past it was believed that the blood of koi can cure many diseases.

If you ever visit Japan and go to a traditional Japanese garden then it is very likely that you will see a small pond filled with life like sized koi fish.Kois are commonly found in almost all continents, mostly in Europe and Asia because the koi fish can easily adjust to any climate and geographical condition.The one you mostly see would be either in gold, red or mixed colors but actually they can be in any color as you can see in the koi pictures below. Japanese children like the red, black and white colored koi which is also known as Gosanke.

There’s another reason why koi is a special fish for Japanese kids: koi means friendship and love (actually the word koi sounds the same with another word in Japanese meaning to like “koi suru”). Below you can find some popular types of koi and the videos where kois are fed with babybottles. Enjoy!

Koi, Koi fish in Japanese, Japanese koi fish, 鯉

Koi,Japanese koi fish, 鯉


Koi, Koi fish in Japanese,

Koi, Koi fish in Japanese,Koi, Koi fish in Japanese,

You know Japan has a very unique culture and that also applies to Valentine’s Day ( バレンタイン) as well.

First of all, unlike many other countries most people buy chocolate as a gift instead of all other possible gifts (e.g. perfume, jewelry, etc.) What’s more usually only girls buy a gift and boys just accept the gifts. It’s all even steven when boys buy a gift in return and that is 1 month after the Valentines day  ( バレンタイン)  that is March 14th which is also called the White Day (ホワイトデー, Howaito Dei).

Just as you might think this is a bit different, wait for this: girls also buy a pack of chocolate for other girls. Yes, whether its because they might feel shy to present chocolate to a boy they are interested in or just think there’s not someone special around them, most girls in Japan buy a valentines day gift (chocolate) on February 14th ( バレンタイン) to not to miss the opportunity of enjoying this day. Watch this Meiji (the largest choclate maker in Japan) to get the idea.



Kintarou きんたろう。 Kintarou means golden boy. It is the story of a little boy who wore nothing a small bib that said Gold (きん、金)on it. He was left in the Mount Ashigara by a witch named Yama-Uba. He was a very strong boy since early childhood.

After he grew up, he got the name Kintoki and was chosen as the personal guard of Yorimitsu Samurai in Kyoto. Kintoki mastered martial arts and became one of the most famous fighters in the region.



Shitakiri suzume したきりすずめ  Tongue-cut Sparrow (also known as Sparrow’s Inn)

This is a story about an old couple: one modest and humble man and a greedy woman.

The story goes like this

One day an old wood cutter found a little sparrow crying for help in the woods. he took it home and started feeding it with left overs. His wife, who disliked animals and birds, was angry at him as he was spending time taking care of the bird which she thought was a waste of time. She also one day saw that the sparrow ate all the starch they had. She was so angry and just went ahead and cut the tongue of the bird. After his husband came back, he realized that the sparrow just flew away.

The old man went to the forest to search for the sparrow and finally found the sparrow in “the sparrow’s inn” with the help from other birds. The sparrows offered him a gift and asked to choose between one small basket and one big basket. By thinking about other people in need, he chose the small basket and when he got back home he noticed that the basked was filled with treasure. His greedy wife also went to the sparrow’s inn and asked for a gift. She definitely wanted the big basked and the sparrows accepted her wish but warned her that she should not open the basked before she gets home. As a greedy person she opened the basked right after she left the inn but it was too late. The basket was filled with snakes and poisonous bugs. She ended up falling off the cliffs while trying to run away from the snakes. The old man was awarded because of his modesty and the old woman was punished because of her ill behavior.


Momotarou ももたろう

Momotaro means peach boy. It’s the story of a little boy who emerged from a little peach found by an old lady in the river.

The story goes like this

The old woman went to the river side to wash clothes. She then found a delicious peach. She also wanted to take one home for her husband. She yelled “sweet peach come by, bitter peach go away.” Suddenly a peach just appeared next to the woman and the woman took it to her house. When she tried to cut the peach in half, one boy just came out and they called the boy Momotaro (the peach boy).

Momotaro grew so fast and became huge. He helped the old couple with house chores. But there were devils bothering the villagers and Momotaro decided to fight against the devils on the devils’ island.  He told the old woman, “if you make special dumplings for me, i can beat the devils.” The woman made special dumplings that can give a humanbeing the power of 100 people. Momoator also took some dumplings with him and on the way another fighter, a dog and a monkey joined him because Momotaro gave him dumplings. When they arrived in the island, they cooperated to beat a huge devil. The dog bit the devils leg, the monkey scratched the devils head. Together they beat all the devils. The devils promised that they were not going to any bad things again. Momotaro (the peach boy) and his friends loaded the treasure and got beck to the village. Momotaro distributed the treasure equally among the villagers. Momotaro was Japan’s best…

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