"Tanabata" the Star Festival in English, it's on the 7th of July.

Are you guys ready for summer?!
We have many events in summer, I already got new yukata for a firework festival this year!
I can't wait!!!!!

I want to introduce one event which is called Tanabata, the Star Festival in English , it's on the 7th of July.
Asian people might know about this but I don't think many Western people know this since Tanabata originates from Chinese legend of the two bright stars, Altair and Vega.

I will interoduce Tanabata and what we do for the 7th of July.

The Star Festival originates from Chinese legend of the two bright stars, Altair and Vega.
Vega is a weaving girl, we call her Orihime in Japanese,she worked very hard for King but he felt sorry for her since she didn't have a boyfriend so he let her to see Altair who is a cowherd boy.
We call him Hikoboshi in Japanese.

They loved each other and got married but eventually they stoped working hard since they had too much fun being together.
King's clothing got so dirty,cows got sick since they didn't work at all.

The king got angry and separated them by the big river or the Milky Way.
He allowed them to meet once a year across the Milky Way only on the night of July 7th.

On that day, people decorate bamboo branches with paper strips and ornaments to celebrate their reunion.
It is believed that a wish comes true when you write your wish on the paper strips and hang them on the bamboo.

This is what we do for Tanabata.
Have you seen this somewhere in Japan?

We have Tanabata event for the 7th of July in Osaka, Tenmangu.
It's from 4pm to 8:30pm
Why don't you go in Yukata:)


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