Japanese woodblock print of Tanabata in Edo (Tokyo) 1852 by Hiroshige
Last year (when I was living in Hokkaido) I posted about Tanabata. In Hokkaido, Tanabata is celebrated August 7th. In the rest of Japan, it is celebrated on July 7th. Legend has it that on only this one day of the year, two lovers, weaver star Vega and shepherd star Altair meet in the Milky Way. On this day, children write their wishes and hang them on bamboo branches. I'm writing my wishes this morning, but I'm not sure where to hang them. The pandas ate all my bamboo. Maybe on my curtain rod? What are you wishing for this year?
According to Wikipedia, there is also Tanabata song:
The bamboo leaves rustle,
shaking away in the eaves.
The stars twinkle
on the gold and silver grains of sand.
The five-colour paper strips
I have already written.
The stars twinkle,
they watch us from heaven