No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
Emma Goldman (1869-1940) activist & authorin japan and south korea may 5th is children's day. in japan, since 1948 the day has been considered a national holiday. however the observance of children's day is ancient and traditionally children are celebrated twice a year - march 3 for girls and may 5 for boys. today in japan the march children's day is now known as the doll festival.
according to the portal, many many countries have a special day to celebrate children. what is odd about children's day in the usa is that although there have been , and continue to be, there is no single or permanent observance of children's day - the day seems to vary from place to place and from time to time.
in 1954, the united nations declared a universal children's day to take place on november 20th and although the usa is a member of the un, it doesn't appear to me that the un declared day has really caught on.
as for me i'm going to celebrate children's day by going to ms. t's soccer game - after the game, maybe i can talk the gang into going out for some sushi for lunch!
today's song is one of my all time favorite neil young songs i am a child -- thie version belowe was recorded in 1973.
neil wrote the song when he was with the buffalo springfield. and appeared on their third and final album last time around (1968)
photo: koinobori (carp windsocks) at the entrance of the morikami japanese garden in delray beach, florida. april, 2012
by the way, these windsocks grace the landscape of japan from april through may in honor of boys with the hope that they grow up strong and healthy.