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July 7th of every year is a Japanese holiday called Tanabata（七夕）. It is a fun and pretty holiday to celebrate with your children!
The gist of the story behind the festival is this: There is a couple who lives in the sky… Orihime (the Weaving Princess) and Hikoboshi (the Sky King). They are permitted to cross the Milky Way and see each other just once per year… the 7th day of the 7th month.
Here is how you can celebrate Tanabata!
1) Decorate a bamboo branch with wishes and origami decorations.
- Cut long rectangular strips of paper from origami or construction paper (called tanzaku papers), and write a wish on it. For example, “Please help me to be a straight-A student” or “I hope my mom buys me a dog.” Then hang your wish on one of the branches and pray it comes true. (You could also print one of these special papers to write your wish on from printout.jp).
2. Instead of hanging your wishes on a bamboo tree, you can make tiny stars out of paper and hide your wishes inside them.
3. Learn the Tanabata Song.
4. Enjoy food like dango, manjyu, mochi, udon, somen, and red rice.
5. Read about other traditions here (you must be able to read Japanese).
6. Watch a Sazae-san episode about Tanabata HERE.
I’ve never been, but have read that Sendai has the biggest and best Tanabata Festival every year. Check out these AMAZING images from the festival! I read on the website that despite the devastation that happened in March, the festival will still be held in 2011.
Instrumental Tanabata Song：