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Boy's Day Banner/Flag
Displayed inside the home
Hand Painted images of 2 rabbits swimming in the sea
Homespun & Hand Loomed Cotton Fabric, Tight Weave, Medium Weight
All natural vegetable dyes
Early 1900s
From Mt Fuji, Shizuoka Prefecture
Condition Good condition, bright colors
13 inches X 8.4 feet, 30 X 255 cm
Comments In this textile's image, we see two rabbits swimming in the ocean at sunrise. In the traditional Japanese time system, 5 - 7:00 AM was the hour of the hare/rabbit. The rabbit is one of the 12 animals of the Japanese/Chinese zodiac and is the subject of numerous Japanese folktales. However, not often found on boy's day noboribata. The rabbit must have had some special meaning to the family who displayed this banner.

Boy's Day was originally called Tango no Sekku, celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th moon of the Chinese calendar. After Japan's switch to the Gregorian calendar in 1873, Boy's Day was observed on May 5. Although it is not known precisely when Boy's Day started to be celebrated but likely during the reign of the Empress Suiko (593–628 A.D.). Tradition calls for families to place noboribata banners in front of their houses along with carp-shaped koinobori flags, one for each son, the month before the Boy's Day. Smaller banners, like this one, were displayed inside the home. (Wiki)