KATO, Hyogo Prefecture--Production of carp streamers, a local specialty, is in full swing in this western city ahead of Children's Day festival on May 5.
At Shibasaki Bussan, a local manufacturer, colored carp streamer patterns, each 1 meter long, were being applied on white cloth in five stages in dye-filled boxes.
The manufacture of carp streamers in Kato dates back to the Meiji Era (1868-1912).
The patterns were initially printed on "washi," or handmade Japanese paper.
Cotton was introduced during the Taisho Era (1912-1926).
Rain-resistant nylon and polyester are the favorite materials used most often these days.
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