In Japan, the arrival of May is heralded by the appearance of flying fish: carp-shaped windsocks known as “Koinobori” flown in honor of Children’s Day or “Tango no Sekku” (originally Boy's Day) on May 5th. The carp is considered the strongest and most spirited of fish, because it fights its way upstream against strong currents. The tradition of flying Koinobori outside homes began as a way to honor the sons living within so that they would grow up healthy and courageous like a carp. Modern Koinobori are often available in sets that represent the entire family. Block printing, specifically wood block, also has deep roots in Japanese art.
In the Philippines, during the Festival of Lights, the traditional bamboo and paper parol (puh-roll). or star lantern symbolizes the victory of light over darkness as well as hope and goodwill. All throughout the festival season, star-shaped lanterns can be seen hanging outside homes and along the streets of cities and small provincial towns, farms and fishing villages. Around Manila, parols made of Capiz shell or plastic illuminate the city. One of the most spectacular sights can be seen in the city of San Fernando where 20-foot tall parols with flashing lights are paraded through the streets on truck beds.