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Children’s Day in Japan!

Koinobori crafts for Children's Day

Today is Children’s Day in Japan! That means families have been flying koinobori (carp flags) outside their homes and businesses for the last month. This is a beautiful tradition that greeted us when my family arrived in Japan for a month-long visit several years ago. What an amazing experience that was!

On Friday I released a pattern inspired by all those carp flags flying. (You can get the koinobori embroidery pattern here.)

Today I thought I’d share a bunch of other craft ideas inspired by the same carp. All those images up there (and more) are in this Pinterest board. Click over there to see all the images I pinned and to click through to more info and tutorials.

My favorite are those washi tape cupcake toppers right in the center of the collage. Aren’t they great? So simple and perfect! You can find the tutorial here at Zakka Life.

Have fun!

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  1. Thanks for sharing the cupcake toppers on your site 🙂