Children's Day was originally designated as Boys' Day and most of the symbolism and activities associated with Children's Day hearken back to it's original male-focused roots. Most homes with boys display a samurai helmet during this time to honor and encourage the warrior spirit. While I would like to think I'm a pacifist, there is something about the warrior spirit that I want to cultivate in my daughter, so we embraced Bushido (the way of the warrior) by making these origami samurai helmets. And munching on mochi, of course!
Hope you have a wonderful Children's Day today - either with your own kids or by celebrating the child (and warrior!) within you!