We could not help but notice the beautiful koinobori right outside the base gate in early May. They are flown to celebrate Children's Day, traditionally Boy's Day, which falls on May 5th. The koinobori are wind socks in the shape of fish that are hung outside every home as well as over the Tengan river that flows right outside our tower. The carp is a symbol of strength based on a Chinese legend in which one fought its way upstream in order to become a dragon. Therefore, they represent the future strength of the boys in the family. A large black carp represents the father, a red carp represents the mother, and all following colors represent the sons of the family. We loved the rows and rows of flying fish fluttering in the breeze.