Japanese culture conjours up images of extravagantly made-up actors, kimono- clad ladies pouring cups of tea. Even today you can experience it all, as Japan offers a cultural experience that is truly exotic.
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- Japanese gardens
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Before this day, families raise the carp-shaped koinobori flags (carp because of the Chinese legend that a carp that swims upstream becomes a dragon, and the way the flags blow in the wind looks like they are swimming), one for each boy (or child), display a Kintar doll usually riding on a large carp, and the traditional Japanese military helmet, kabuto. Kintar and the kabuto are symbols of a strong and healthy boy.
Kintar is the childhood name of Sakata no Kintoki who was a hero in the Heian period, a subordinate samurai of Minamoto no Raikou, having been famous for his strength when he was a child. It is said that Kintar rode a bear, instead of a horse, and played with animals in the mountains when he was a young boy.
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