Today is Tanabata, also know as the Star Festival. You can read about the legend here, but basically it's famous for being a day when many people can make a wish by writing on a piece of paper called the Tanzaku and hang it on a bamboo branch.
We also decorate the bamboo branch with things made from origami, like this lantern here. This is the Tanabata bamboo branch at Tokorozawa Public Library.
I always like to see what everyone is wishing for. Like these two below.
"I hope I can find my library card."
"I hope I can marry into the Imperial family."
I had to laugh, although I'm sure these girls were very serious about their wish. As for my wish...I wish I can continue to post on this blog until Tanabata next year!