Saturday, July 6, 2013

Star Festival (Tanabata, 七夕)☆☆☆

July 7th is Star festival (link) in Japan;
Traditionally, we write our wishes on strip of paper (tanzaku) and tie them to the bamboo branches. Here is the quote from the link "Separated by the milky way, two star crossed lovers are only able to meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month based on the lunisolar calendar. The legend of Hikoboshi (the star known as Alter) and Orihime (the star known as Vega) has roots in China but has been associated with Japan’s Tanabata festival since the sixth century." 

Kind of romantic, isn't it  And also people wish for improved technical skills and abilities in homage to the legend of Hikoboshi and Orihime. At school, children write their wishes on 'tanzaku' for school projects. This year, I will wish for my family's health; especially father rather than any of my skills.  
Do you have anything special to wish for the star?
Hope "the milky way" help bring my late mother and brother to see my father.  
Wish all the lovers (and my blog friends) for the bright rest of the year.
I drafted this post before. And I wished to post this in time for the 7th ;p)

*My late mother used to love the nursery rhyme*

let me introduce the one for the "Star Festival"

Japanese Version
Sasa no ha sara-sara (笹の葉 さらさら)
Nokiba ni yureru (軒端にゆれる)
Ohoshi-sama kira-kira (お星様 キラキラ)
Kingin sunago (金銀砂子)

English translation 
The bamboo leaves rustle, rustle,
shaking away in the eaves.
The stars go twinkle, twinkle;
Gold and silver grains of sand.

Posting this to "Our World Tuesday"


  1. what a sweet tradition! yes, i would have a wish to put on a bamboo branch! i hope your wish for health for your father is granted. :)

  2. Oh, it is romantic and lovely, my dear friend! I love learning about these festivals. I add my wises and prayers to yours for your family's, and especially your dad's, health.

  3. Hello Miyako, I love this tradition. My wish is to see your wish granted. Sending my prayers for your dear father. Have a happy day and take care! Eileen

  4. I forgot it was almost Tanabata! I love the sight of Tanabata decorations around this time of the year very much. The bamboo and pretty papers, very lovely and furyu! I would wish for health of my family, too. That's the first priority, I think. I wish your family's health, especially your father, Miyako san. Have a happy Tanabata!

  5. Dearest Miyako,
    Such traditions are very good for stimulating even little children for thinking what is most important. May your wish be granted!
    I would ask the very same for my Parents...

  6. Dear Miyako,

    I like your lovely tradition and thanks for sharing this.
    I hope that your wish will be granted and your dear Fathers health will be better. I would ask the same for my dear Mother too.
    Sending hugs and hope you enjoy the weekend

  7. Thank you for sharing this, I hope you have a nice weekend!

  8. Dearest Miyako san!
    Thank you very much for improved technical skills Tanabata festival and your familys'ys especcecially FATHER is very important health.
    Miyako sama mo ogenkini have a nice weekend.

  9. What a lovely tradition! My wish is that yours for healthy family comes true

  10. When my children were small, I used to help them to decorate bamboo grass. So My wish is our family's happiness.And I wish your father's health get better.
    Have a nice week!

  11. Dearest Miyako,

    Your visit always make me happy. Thanks for your lovely messages. Sorry too, I just recovered from my fever,cold and cough these last few days. so sweet tradition you have.
    happy to know others country tradition.

    yes indeed I miss home a lot, missing friends and family ;)
    How is your father, hope that he feels better now.

    wishing you a great Sunday
    love to you

  12. I love reading about your traditions, especially knowing that my son and daughter-in-law may be taking part in some of them as well.
    Hoping your wish for your father is granted.


  13. Hello, Miyako! I have been on vacation for a couple of weeks and away from reading blog posts, so I had a lot of catching up to do! I am thinking about you and your father. Hope and prayers to you.

  14. I hope I remember this for next year, as I am too late to put my wish on the branch this time. (I am catching up -- I wasn't able to do much while we were traveling). Another beautiful festival and I really enjoyed reading about it.

  15. Love the video;it's really well done. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  16. I also send a wish for your father's health. The tradition is filled with warmth and kindness.

  17. i shall write a wish and tie it to a bamboo branch here..i will write the wish for you!!!!
    so many wonderful traditions you have.

  18. What a lovely tradition to wish for new things in the new year, especially for others.

  19. I hope that tradition never dies out. It is a lovely way to think of others.