Children’s Day festival will return to the Garden for the first time in two years!
Kodomo no Hi, also called Children’s Day, is celebrated each year in Japan on May 5 to celebrate the growth and good fortune of children. Come celebrate the beloved family tradition at Portland Japanese Garden.
A range of family-friendly activities, including taiko drumming, a scavenger hunt, and take-home craft activities, makes this the perfect festival for kids of all ages.
In Japan, cloth carp streamers, or koinobori, are flown outside of homes and public buildings to bring good fortune to children. Koi symbolize courage and determination as they swim upstream and through powerful waterfalls.
Below is an instructional video by our cultural partner, Yuki Origami, with a step-by-step guide on how to make origami koinobori.
Many programs will be taking place at various times and locations around the Garden. Please see the program below for an overview:
|10:30 & 11:30am||Taiko performance by enTaiko||Pavilion East Veranda|
|10:30am-2:30pm||Scavenger Hunt*||Various locations in the Garden|
|All Day||Koinobori Display||Cathy Rudd Cultural Corner|
*Don’t forget to pick up a self-guided treasure hunt map as well as a take-home craft kit at the Tateuchi Foundation Courtyard!
Longtime partner of the Garden, Portland Coffee Roasters, will be preparing and serving complimentary coffee to visitors during this event. Thank you, Portland Coffee Roasters!