Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day, is a national holiday in Japan to honor children. And on Sunday, Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson, is celebrating it too.
Celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the year, it originally was called Tango no Sekku, a day for young samurai. After World War II, the holiday became the all-inclusive Children’s Day.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Yume Japanese Gardens, 2130 N. Alvernon Way, just south of the Tucson Botanical Gardens, will honor children with traditional activities and entertainment, Patricia Deridder, founder of the gardens, said.
She has yukatas — or light summer kimonos — that children can wear for the day while they experiment with origami, play with traditional toys from Japan, try their hands at goldfish netting and feed koi. Taiko drummers will perform at 11:30 a.m. Japanese sweets and beverages also will be sold.
Admission is free for children 12 and younger; and $9 for adults with discounts for seniors, students, and the military.
Call 445-2957 or go to tucsonjapanesegardens.org for more information.