koi-no-takinobori 鯉の滝登り
KEY WORD : art history / paintings
Lit. carp ascending a waterfall. The Chinese legend of a carp that became a dragon after swimming up a waterfall at the headwaters of the Yellow River. This auspicious theme, a parable of effort and success, is linked to the Japanese Boys Day Festival (5th day of fifth month) when carp streamers koinobori 鯉のぼり are displayed. The theme was depicted in Edo period art, as for example in the painting by Maruyama Oukyo 円山応挙 (1733-95; Daijouji 大乗寺 in Hyougo prefecture) or prints by *ukiyo-e 浮世絵 artists.


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