Summer Has Come

posted Jul 3, 2015, 1:43 AM by ETSUKO Ito   [ updated Jul 3, 2015, 1:54 AM ]

 In Ju
ly, People cereblate 'Tanabata' Tanabata, or the Star Festival, is held on the evening of July 7. The festival traces its origins to a legend that the Cowherd Star (Altair) and Weaver Star (Vega), lovers separ
ated by the Milky Way, are allowed t
o meet just once a year - on the seventh day of the seventh month.


Children and adults write their wishes on narrow strips of colored paper and hang them, along with other paper ornaments, on bamboo branches placed in the backyards or entrances of their homes. They then pray hard that their wishes will come true.

The Tanabata festival is thought to have started in China. It was transmitted to Japan during the feudal period and combined with traditional local customs to become an official event at the Imperial court. Commoners soon began observing this festival, with different localities developed their own distinctive ways of celebrating.

(Picture: 
Entrance Of The Tea House at Ganko-ji Temple)






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