Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
First I love to thank you all for voting for our "peace of mind" kukai submissions. I will gather the points and I hope to announce our winner next week.
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.
There are several legends around this Boy’s Festival which I love to share one of here:
the young boy's father
|Japanese Iris (Shobu)|
Shobu, the Japanese iris, the long narrow leaf of which is somewhat like a sword in shape, has always been closely associated with the Boys' Festival. The iris leaf is prominent in the observance of Tango-no-Sekku because the sound of the word Shobu, although written with different characters, implies striving for success.
the young boys play like Samurai
Iris swords in hand
This episode is a “reprise” episode, we had this Japanese Festival earlier in June 2013. So I have taken the choice to “re-produce” that same episode here another time. Not because of laziness, but because I haven’t time enough to create an all new episode.
This episode is NOW OPEN for your submissions and will remain open until October 19th at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, another CD Special, later on.