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Traditional Japanese carp streamers ‘swim’ over deep gorge

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Carp streamers are strung up between cliffs in Oboke Gorge, Tokushima Prefecture.

The Yomiuri ShimbunIn Oboke Gorge, a scenic area in Tokushima Prefecture sandwiched between sheer cliffs, about 180 colorful koinobori carp streamers in red, blue and many other colors “swim” in the spring breeze.

Carp streamers fly every spring to celebrate Tango no Sekku, Japan’s traditional boys’ festival.

This spring tradition has been held in this fashion at Oboke Gorge since 1982. At the end of March, a local sightseeing ship operator attached six wires from the ship’s landing to the other side of the river, about 120 meters away, and strung up the streamers. They can be enjoyed through mid-June.Speech

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