To us as Americans living in Japan, Golden Week is simply one week a year where there is a ton of traffic and all of our favorite stores are closed. This year, however, we decided to really take some time to celebrate right along with the locals. Golden Week is actually a collection of four national Japanese holidays that all fall within the same week. One of the most well-known is called Kodomo no hi (Children's Day). The boy's festival is celebrated by colorful carp streamers being hung up all over Okinawa. The carp symbolizes strength, power, and success in life, which is what the Japanese pray for their sons' futures.