"Carp was once believed to be a spiritual fish and
even today is considered a symbol of a successful career, based on a Chinese
legend in whish a carp jumped over the Dragon Gate in the rapid current of the
upper Yellow River, transforming into a dragon as it leapt. The legend
gave rise to the phrase "toryu-mon" (gateway to success), which was used in the
olden days to describe difficult employment tests for government
officials. Another legend recounts how a carp is the king of 360 kinds of
fish with 36 dorsal scales; this carp then transforms into a dragon with 81
scales on its back. In Japan, a dynamic pattern of leaping carp is drawn
on a boy's kimono in celebration of the birth of a baby boy, in the hopes of
securing his good health and success. The patterns of carp streamers are
applied on windmills and banners used in the Boy's Day ceremony."
Indigo, Japan Blue; Lafcadio Hearn wrote of Japan as being a land where the very air was blue and; "...the little houses under their blue roofs, the little shop-fronts hung with blue, and the smiling little people in their blue costumes"
The magazine goes into the history of indigo in Japan as well as many of the printing techniques such as kasuri and shiborizome.
Ahh... now all I need is to get over this cold and find some time and then I have some great reading to do with a cup of tea.