The Koinobori Project

The Koinobori Project – Art exchange.

The Koinobori Project is an exchange project to make Japanese carp streamers and exchange them with Minamata school children/the City of Minamata, our sister city in honor of Kodomo no Hi. 

Kodomo no Hi – Children’s Day celebrated 5 May annually in Japan.  

The carp is believed to be a very spirited fish, powerful and energetic enough to swim up rapidly-flowing streams. It symbolises courage and the power to achieve goals by virtue of its power and determination to overcome obstacles. 

The Project began in 2018, and has continued throughout 2019. 

Koinobori on Display

Before sending the Devonport made Koinobori to Minamata it was displayed in the paranaple arts centre. April – May 2019

Also on display in these images: Large Koinobori gifted as part of the Cultural Item Collection. 

Koinobori being made at a local school

Many Primary schools in Devonport and the surrounding area participated in making Koinobori as part of their Japanese studies. 

October 2018. 

Koinobori being made at a paranaple arts centre workshop

As part of the Tidal 2018 Festival the Devonport Regional Gallery held Koinobori making workshops over the summer holidays. January 2019. 

Koinobori on display in Minamata

The Koinobori Devonport sent to Minamata became part of a larger display of Koinobori. The display celebrated the 70th Anniversary of becoming a City, 12 October 2019.

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