Sunday, July 5, 2015

Star Festival "Tanabata 七夕" and the flower of Bamboo;

 (posted; Japanese culture page)

July 7th is Star Festival  (link to the detail about the romantic story) in Japan;
"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;

☆Reminisce my late mother who loved nursery rhyme sang this song for me when little

Traditionally, our wishes written on strip of paper;   It's called "短冊tanzaku" and tie them to the bamboo branches. And wish for improved technical skills and abilities in homage to the legend of Hikoboshi and Orihime.  Like the last year, I wish the healthy year for my blog friends and us.   Do you have anything special to wish for the star?

*Flower of Bamboo only blooms once in 60~120 years*
The other day, I knew this fact for the first time through TV program (especially for this Festival)   I Googled pictures of the flower through PC pages, Let me introduce them for this occasion♪ 
I borrowed these pictures from these 3 pages;   1.  2.  3.
I DO hope it's ok as it is impossible for me to take pictures; 
Bamboo of first 2 pictures is called "雪笹 (snowbamboo)・yuki-zasa"
So surprised and happy for my new finding

Linking this post to"Our World Tuesday", "WATW", NF Trees n Bushes,

Tied up a little but hop over to your blog soon, friends;
Thank you very much for stopping by; I always appreciate your sweet visits;
(About my header; sorry if unmatched, changed for the newer post


TexWisGirl said...

the blooms are very neat! thank you for well-wishes and same to you. i hope it will be a good summer for all of us. :)

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Thank you for the well wishes and same returned to you also!

Brocante hobbykamer said...

Special story 7 from the 7th...

eileeninmd said...

Hello Miyako, thank your for sharing the story of the Star Festival and the good wishes. I would want to wish everyone a great year! I did not know that bamboo bloomed, thank for the sharing the info and the pretty flowers. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

Michiko Johnson said...

Hi Miyako san!
Tanabata and flower of bamboo branches for the star..
If I had beautiful star time we had cold dark night time even all days no sanshining and few raining days.
You has pretty flowers.
My friends in here Melbourne Australia.
Kataoka@optuaner,com,au kataoca katumi
if you will like to send to her your blogger orchid's will be very happy with her.she will like of most of yours!
Onegai etachimasu Miyako san!

Tamago said...

Happy Tanabata, Miyako san! There must be lot of beautiful Tanabata decorations in many places. I'd write a wish for good health on tanzaku, too. It's always the most important thing I wish for loved ones :-)
I did not know bamboos have flowers! They bloom every 60 - 120, that's so special!
Have a happy new week, Miyako san!

Sussi said...

beautiful and special post! Thank you for the wishes, I hope the same for you and your family.

have a nice week!

Magia da Inês said...

O post é encantador.
Gostei mais da música doce e suave do vídeo.

Boa semana!

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely post and photos ~ you have so many beautiful traditions ~ my one prayer would be for 'world peace' ~ thanks, Miyako ~xx

Happy Week to you,
artmusedog and carol

Joyful said...

Beautiful and romantic festival. x

Photo Cache said...

That is just so romantic.

Anonymous said...

Lovely shots and such a romantic story.

Fun60 said...

Another interesting festival.

Andrea Priebe said...

Your selfless wish for your friends will return to bring you happiness. This is a lovely teaching and sharing post that reminds us all of the power of a wish on the stars we made as children. A wonderful tradition to keep those wishes alive. Beautiful, Miyako and thank you for the wish ...

Andrea @ From the Sol

Lmkazmierczak said...

Love hearing about your traditions...Am hoping for a bright future for my grandchildren as we look at the world today♪

Anonymous said...

The bamboo gives beautiful flowers - I didn't know they flowered! Wish they had a feast like this here, for a need lots of pieces of paper for my wishes!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I did not know bamboo ever flowered! And I love knowing that.

The legend of the star-crossed lovers is so sweet . My wish is for good health for all my family and friends (definitely including my blogging ones!).