Traditionally, tango no sekku (literally, “seasonal event of early May”) was celebrated as a festival for boys on May 5th, while momo no sekku or hina matsuri (“seasonal event of the peach” or “girl's doll festival”) was a day for girls on March 3rd. During tango no sekku, it was customary for many families with a boy to pray for the child’s growth in good health and future success. This celebration involved display of samurai dolls and armor as well as iris blossoms, which were believed to chase away devils. A special rice cake known as Kashiwa mochi wrapped in an oak leaf and was eaten, and boys would take a bath in hot water containing iris leaves. A particularly notable item associated with this day is the koinobori, a set of cloth streamers in the shape of a carp, some of which are more than 5 meters long. Even today in May, visitors to Japan may note many koinobori fluttering against the blue sky. Today, the event has become “Children's Day” for both genders.
You can enjoy the special tango no sekku menu within the hotel in May:
Updated : 24 April,2017