Gogatsu Nobori Streamers
Between the 27th of April and the 6th of May make sure not to miss the chance to see “Gogatsu-nobori” in the lower garden at Sengan-en.
Gogatsu-nobori are a Shimadzu family tradition celebrating the boy’s day festival that stretches back generations. Seven huge poles are erected in the garden and adorned with streamers decorated with climbing dragons and the crests of the Shimadzu family.
Standing over 10 metres tall, gogatsu-nobori were originally intended to show the Shinto gods that a boy had been born in the household displaying them. On top of each pole is a decoration called “umajirushi”. These umajirushi decorations are based on the paulownia and cross in a circle family crests.
The Gogatsu-nobori are quite a spectacle against the backdrop of Sakurajima, so make sure not to miss out the chance to see this remnant of traditional samurai culture.
(In the event of bad weather the flags may be taken down)