Tom: Since yesterday was a holiday here. #1 is feeling a little discombobulated, thinking that today is Monday, but it seems that we are indeed mid-week, Wednesday to be precise.
With the sun finally shining yesterday, we were able to put up our KOI-NOBORI Japanese carp streamers at last. I assisted #1 in the work, of course:
Here is the illustration for the May page from one of our Japanese calendars:
The caption says "The Koi Nobori reach up all the way to the clear May skies"
Koi (carp) Nobori (streamer) are traditionally flown from rooftops in Japan for the "Tango no Sekku" festival which used to be the boys' festival but is now designated as Children's Day, on May 5th. As they swims upstream, carp are seen as a symbol of strength.
We are flying our streamers this year in the hope that all the boys (and girls!) in the household will remain healthy over the coming year.