We sound tracked 3 idents for WowWow (a Japanese cable station): Tuesday Drama, Wednesday Comedy and Thursday Action. Action (the third one) is my favorite. It is the very fastest I could play my ukulele with a pick and hand claps like Jack Bauer racing against a clock!
Here is a super simple animation and a song using only homemade instruments (balloon bongo, tin foil kazoo, washers & paper plate tambourine).
About Children’s Day via Wikipedia:
“Children’s Day (こどもの日 / Kodomo no hi) is a Japanese national holiday which takes place annually on May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month, and is part of the Golden Week. It is a day set aside to respect children’s personalities and to celebrate their happiness.
Before this day, families raise the carp-shaped koinobori flags (carp because of the Chinese legend that a carp that swims upstream becomes a dragon, and the way the flags blow in the wind looks like they are swimming), one for each boy (or child), display a Kintarō doll usually riding on a large carp, and the traditional Japanese military helmet, kabuto. “
from wikipedia: Setsubun: Bean-Throwing Festival (or Bean-Throwing Ceremony) is the day before the beginning of spring in Japan… accompanied by a special ritual to cleanse away all the evil of the former year. This special ritual is called mamemaki (literally “bean throwing”).
Roasted soybeans are thrown either out the door or at a member of the family wearing an Oni (demon or ogre) mask, while the people say “Demons out! Luck in!” (鬼は外! 福は内! Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!).