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Held during late April to early May, Kanna's Koinobori festival of carp streamers is this town's claim to fame. About 800 colorful carp streamers swim in the sky above a river. Strings of carp streamers viewable from the road.
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From late April to early May, five long strings of giant carp streamers swim in the air high above the Sagami River in Sagamihara, Kanagawa. This event was started in 1988.
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Strings of carp streamers latched to the ground from the mountaintop.
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There are five rows of streamers. In Japan, the koi carp is regarded as a symbol of valiant manhood because it swims up the river against the rapids.
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Eight strings of carp streamers hover over the river.
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The cable length is 250 meters and 13mmm thick. There are about 1,200 carp streamers. They are reused every year and donated by local families. (I also noticed a few advertising carps.)
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These pictures were taken in May 2003, when Kanna-machi town was newly formed upon the merging of Manba town and Nakazato village.
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I would say this is one of Japan's top five best places to see carp streamers at Kanna-machi, Gunma.
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Kanna-machi is quite out of the way, but worth the time it takes to get there (from Takasaki).
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Sagami River Koi-nobori
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Parking lot downstream. Most people arrive by car or bus. (No nearby train station.)
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Bridge with a view
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In Japan, the koi carp is regarded as a symbol of valiant manhood because it swims up the river against the rapids.
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The longest carp is 10 meters.
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Riverside
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Koi-nobori carp streamers over Sagami River. Also see the video at YouTube.
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Swimming in the air
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Along the river were food stalls.
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Festival site
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Cable anchor
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Statistics
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Eight strings x 100 carp streamers = 800 carp
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Carp streamer caught at Kanna-machi, Gunma
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Lying low
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Raft rides
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Ground connection
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Ground connection: Cable anchor for one string of carp
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Huge and hungry carp
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Cables go all the way up the mountain.
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There's a secret technique to fasten the carp to the cable so they don't slide around.
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Entertainment on stage
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Hiking up the mountain.
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Hiking up the mountain.
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View from halfway up.
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The wind died.
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The mountain is an easy hike. But hardly anybody climbed it.
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Superb views from the mountain.
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The mountain top has a small rest house.
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Koi
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Top of the mountain
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Cable anchor
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View from mountain top, Kanna-machi town seen below.
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Koi in Ochiai River
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Going down
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Colorful koi fish see me, and they come...
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Bus back to JR Shin-machi Station, takes about 90 min.
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Koi carp fish Frenzy for food.
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Kanna-machi banners celebrating the formation of the new town.
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Koi carp fish
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JR Shin-machi Station to go back to Takasaki.
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Bus we rode to and from Kanna-machi.
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Carp, they must love this clean lake.
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Along the Aikawa River are koinobori carp streamers and cherry blossoms which come out in early April. 相川
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Aikawa River and koinobori streamers in Tarui, Gifu. 相川
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One place where we can walk across the river.
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Cherry blossoms abound on both riverbanks.
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In early May.
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Koinobori and azaleas in Tatebayashi, Gunma.
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The length of most of the koinobori is shorter than usual. Unlike the giant ones at Kannamachi also in Gunma.
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The koinobori are strung from late March to mid-May. Especially spectacular when the cherries are in bloom during late March to mid-April.
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In April and May, thousands of flying carp streamers grace the Tsuruudogawa River connected to Lake Jonuma.
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View from Fureai Bridge. These carp were once registered in the Guiness Book of World Records as having the most koinobori (over 6,000).
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View from Fureai Bridge in Tatebayashi.
   
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