Web design firm and Japan temple team up on carp streamer offering to beat back virus
THE MAINICHI NEWSPAPERS（毎日新聞）
NUMAZU, Shizuoka — Event cancellations due to the novel coronavirus have set the stage for an unlikely partnership between a temple and a web design firm to get a child-pleasing “koi” carp streamer into the air in this central Japanese city.
Local firm Office Gluee! Co. made the ritual offering of the 90-centimeter-long koi streamer to the Chokoji Zen temple on April 16. The streamers are traditionally flown in the weeks leading up to Children’s Day on May 5. Those made by Office Gluee are known for their unique designs, and the one the company offered on April 16 was illustrated with a yokai — monsters, demons and spirits from Japanese folklore — called an amabie, said to ward off plagues. The offering was followed by a prayer ritual at the temple to drive away the novel coronavirus.