Tanabata Festival in Japan on July 7th.

Tanabata Festival in Japan on July 7th.

Hello! I am Japanese Takao Sakamoto. ^^

I’m a beginner at English, but I’ll try my best to introduce Japan.

Thank you for your support.

Tanabata is a Japanese Festival celebrated on July 7th, also known as the Star Festival.

Tanabata festival

The story is about a beautiful weaver princess named Orihime (Vegar) and  a young cattle herder named Hikoboshi (Altair).

The two immediately fell in love. It was love at first sight. They were totally lovesick, and forgot all about their duties.

The Heaven God, the father of Orihime, got angry, and decided to separate the two by The Milky Way.

This was their severe punishment. Orihime continued to weep all day.

The Heaven God finally changed his mind, and gave them permission to see each other once a year.

They could meet once a year on July 7th.

However, if it rained, the river would flood and the two would not be able to see each other.

The two would always pray for good weather.

And if they met successfully, then everyone who made a wish on that day would have their wishes come true.

Tanabata

So Japanese write their wishes on colorful strips of paper called “Tanzaku”.

After writing their wishes, they hang their Tanzaku on bamboo branches.

Tanzaku

My wish is my friends from overseas will visit Japan.

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There are a lot of festivals and events around Tanabata all over Japan.

Like this.

Tanabata_Disney

*The referring page:tokyodisneyresort.jp

Tokyo Disney Resort Tanabata version.

Tanabata_Disney Goods

*The referring page:tokyodisneyresort.jp

Disney’s Tanzaku. So cute!

If you have a chance, please visit Tokyo on July 7th next year.

I think your wish will come true in Japan.

Thank you.

Takao Sakamoto (^^)

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