Carp Streamers in Rural Saga

Celebrating Children's Day at Yodohime Shrine

 By Mandy Bartok   May 3, 2015

Just a few minutes' drive north of the Kyushu Expressway's Saga-Yamato exit, the unassuming Yodohime Shrine spruces up its slice of riverfront property every spring with about 300 koinobori​, or carp streamers. These popular decorations are strung across the Kase River from mid-April to early May in celebration of the Children's Day holiday on May 5th. While you can catch glimpses of the streamers from either the nearby bridge or the walking path along the water, a fun way to view the fish "swimming through the air" is to take a quick cruise under the streamers. Boats depart daily from 9 am - 5 pm from along the riverbank below the shrine (¥300).

Photography by Mandy Bartok
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Jonathan Acabo a year ago
nice handy craft...
Bradford Pomeroy a year ago
So glad you reminded me of this. Going to try and make it out today. Beautiful pictures!
Mandy Bartok Photographer a year ago
I hope you get to make it there, Bradford!
Tristan Scholze a year ago
A beautiful sight!
Olga Kaneda a year ago
Daniel Vesey a year ago
That is so cool! Amazing detail on the carp, I will have to show this to my Dad he will love it. Great photos !
Daniel Vesey a year ago
Ok thanks I will do now!