May 5th was Dixie's 1st Birthday but also Children's Day (previously known as Boys' Day ) here in Japan. It is a national holiday to celebrate the happiness of all children and to express gratitude toward mothers. Families raise carp shaped "Koinobori"flags, one for each boy (or child), and display the traditional Japanese military helmet, Kabuto. It is still very much a celebration for boys but we celebrated with our "children". Dixie is lucky because as long as we are in Japan her birthday will always be a holiday and neither of us will have to work. Jazz's Birthday is coming up next week and she will be at school for her birthday with all her DogInc. friends.