Saturday, July 07, 2007

When you wish upon a star...

When you wish upon a star, Tokyo, Japan
When you wish upon a star, Tokyo, Japan
Today is 7th of July, and also Tanabata in Japan. Tanabata is a kind of star festival and children write their dreams and wishes on the tanzaku, small colored strips of paper, and fasten them to branches of bamboo trees to come true.

This festival comes from a Chinese legend in which the star Altair crosses the Milky Way once a year and meets the star Vega. Today's night, the prince of the Altair and the princess of the Vega, from both sides of the Milky Way, are allowed to meet. If it rains today, the Way flood and they cannot meet. But it is cloudy and will not rain, so they will meet.

It is rather romantic!!

By the way, the photo was took near Brooks Brothers, a business and casual clothing shop from US, at Ginza street in Tokyo. Bamboo trees have been put in front of each shop along this street from some weeks ago.

Tell me your wish, and I will write them on the paper to come true!!

Have a glorious weekend!!

4 Comments:

At 9:54 PM, Blogger Steve Buser said...

Very interesting tradition. I wish we had something like that here in the U.S.

 
At 1:53 AM, Blogger Coltrane_lives said...

Indeed romantic, but kindhearted action, too. BTW...I'll be hosting a group of 27 Tokyo high school students and their teachers (Senshu High School) in a couple of weeks. They will be studying English and American culture. On that note, this blog has been extremely beneficial and enlightening. Thanks.

 
At 2:38 PM, Blogger macky said...

Thanks for the comment!

steve,
I love the custom of St. Valentine Day in your country and the custome is still very popular in Japan.

cotlrane,
take it easy! Ganbatte kudasai!

 
At 4:57 AM, Blogger poody said...

I did not know about this tradition.I am aware of boy's day and gilr's day.5/1 and 3/1 yes?

 

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