The flag of Ukraine is waving with a giant carp banner at the Saitama festival

A gigantic carp streamer and the Ukrainian flag flutter above the bank of the Tonegawa River in Kazo, Saitama Prefecture on May 3 as part of the city’s Citizens’ Peace Festival. (Kazuhiro Ichikawa)

KAZO, Saitama Prefecture—A Ukrainian flag joined a gigantic “koinobori” (carp stream) floating in the sky here on May 3.

Koinobori are traditionally hoisted across the country to celebrate Children’s Day on May 5.

But the town of Kazo, famous for producing koinobori, decided to hoist the jumbo carp banner, which is 100 meters long, on the bank of the Tonegawa River on May 3. This day not only marks the national holiday of Constitution Day, but also the annual holiday of Kazo City. Citizen Peace Day.

This year’s festival was the first in three years. It has been canceled for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On May 3, about 10,000 people came to the riverside to see the banner.

They also saw something else in the sky for the first time in the festival’s history.

The yellow and blue flag of Ukraine, still under attack by Russian forces, flashed in the spring breeze. It was 1 meter high and 2 meters wide.

Kazo Mayor Moriyoshi Kakuta said the waving of the flag was to “pray for a quick and peaceful solution to the war”.

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