July 7, 2010

Make a Wish

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!

What's yours?

12 comments:

B SQUARED said...

My wish is for more wishes.

Elisa said...

I wish... I could be there, lol
Greetings
Elisa, Argentina

White Oleander said...

I wish I can get a job soon!

I used to make those lanterns when I was in kindergarten/elementary school in Taiwan.

Dindin MK said...

What is the meaning of "Tanabata"?

Lois said...

I wish I could retire right now!

gogouci said...

Such a neat tradition. I wish I didn't have allergies. Early summer is terrible on my eyes and sinuses. Looking forward to another year's worth of posts from you.

EG Wow said...

Wonderful tradition! Thank you for telling us about it, Kaori.

It's very hot and humid here so I wish the weather would cool down. :)

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I wish that there would be more such great places, able to provide such content. Please have a great Thursday.

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Tall Gary said...

I see that last year you made a wish about your veranda blueberry plant. How is it doing? We are hoping something like this.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

This is so fantastic !!Party and fun !!

arabesque said...

i wish i were in Toledo right now. ^0^ that would've been the real plan but life's always unexpected. teehee!
happy tanabata day!

cieldequimper said...

I can't tell you or it won't come true! It's a very nice little custom and lol at marrying into the Imperial family. I'll leave it to whomever wrote it, I wouldn't want to!

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