May 5 is Children's Day in Japan. 子供の日． It is traditional to fly koinobori, big carp wind socks, on a flagpole outside one's house. The top blue represents dad, second red represents mom and then the smaller ones following are the children, also in blues/greens for sons and red/orange/pinks for daughters. I was thinking that if we were flying koi for my family, my brother would be missing. He died of AIDS at the height of the epidemic in the 1990s. I still miss him and I imagine his spirit flying where his koi should be. I tried it two different ways. I think I like the one on top better, where he has broken loose but is not totally gone.