We also created watercolor fans and paper kokashi dolls.
In Japan they have Childrens Day on the fifth of May and also a separate holiday for girls and then boys.
My kids thought that was wicked cool.
Did you know that all that stomping around Sumo wrestlers do before they get their chub hug on is to ward evil spirits out of the ring, they then throw salt around to purify the ring.
Some of their mythology is very similar to greek mythology. Go ahead and google the story of Ama-Terasu.