In Japan, people make wishes to stars on 7 July – it is Tanabata, Japanese Star Festival.
They write it down on a long piece of paper called “tanzaku” and tie it up on a bamboo tree.
(Attention! If you are looking for how to make tanabata decorations, here it is – How to Make Tanabata Decorations – The Easiest Origami (Japanese Paper Crafts) Instructions)
|Tanabata bamboo decorations in a station|
You see many, colorful tanzakus on the bamboo. it was in a train station in Tokyo. Many public places hold Tanabata events. In many cases, there are small tables or something like that, if you find a decorated bamboo like this. (Sometimes not, when local children made the decoration.) Everyone can write a wish with a pen and a tanzaku there. Completely free to join.
I did, too. I wrote my wish. May dreams come true!
You might have seen some Tanzakus somewhere… Yes, this pokemon, Jirachi, is inspired from Tanabata. Pokemon Center often holds Tanabata Jirachi Event.
If you come to Japan in late June or early July and find some Tanabata decoration, it’ll be a great memory to leave your wish on a bamboo. Just try it!
Once again I write Tanabata tale. Hope your wishes come true!
The Tale of Tanabata
Once upon a time in the far sky…
Orihime was a hard-working weave. She wove a lot of beautiful cloths for gods.
God was grateful for her work, so he found Hikoboshi, a charming young man who worked hard as a cattleman, as her boyfriend.
The two fell in love at once, married and became very happy. But they were intoxicated with each other enough to stop working.
God told them to work again, but they did not. So he got angry and separated them by the Milky Way to make sure that they cannot meet each other.
Orihime cried and cried every day. Hikoboshi was so sad that he stayed indoors every day. So God promised that if they work again, he allows them to meet once a year on Tanabata.
After that, Orihime and Hikoboshi have a date at the night of 7 July every year.