A traditional art under the blossoms

About 1,300 cherry blossom trees line both banks of the Gojo River, which flows through Iwakura City, Aichi Prefecture. When they are in full bloom, a 400-year-old tradition called nonbori-arai is carried out in the river. Craftspeople rinse hand-dyed koinobori carp streamers to remove glue. The bright colors make a beautiful scene against the blue sky and pink blossom.

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