Tanabata Festival

Tanabata Festival is a Japanese traditional celebration and celebrated every year on July 7 in Japan, and to recall a story of a lover in the heaven Weaver Princess and Cowboy. According to the story of Tanabata, the two lovers are separated by the Amanogawa and allowed to meet once per year on July 7. At that time, Japanese people write their wishes on the wishing paper and hang it on the bamboo tree to have their wishes granted. Japanese people believe that they wish to be the same as the two lovers since they are very hard working and skillful person in doing their tasks.

Activities

» Decorate and display similar Tanabata Festival in Japan 
» Experience with the cultural and educational exchange between both countries 
» Enjoy and understand more about the story of Tanabata and Tepsodachan 
» Make Origami & Kirigami 
» Write wishes and hang on bamboo trees

Tanabata fest

Story of a lover in the heaven Weaver Princess and Cow herder

Tanabata originated from a Chinese legend called Qixi and was brought to Japan in the 8th century. 
This is the story of two lovers. Princess Orihime, the seamstress, wove beautiful clothes by the heavenly river, represented by the Milky Way. Because Orihime worked so hard weaving beautiful clothes, she became sad and despaired of ever finding love. Her father, who was a God of the heavens, loved her dearly and arranged for her to meet Hikoboshi, the cow herder who lived on the other side of the Milky Way. The two fell in love instantly and married. Their love and devotion was so deep that Orihime stopped weaving and Hikoboshi allowed his cows to wander the heavens. Orihime’s father became angry and forbade the lovers to be together, but Orihime pleaded with him to allow them to stay. He loved his daughter, so he decreed that the two star-crossed lovers could meet once a year--on the 7th day of the 7th month if Orihime returned to her weaving. On the first day they were to be reunited, they found the river (Milky Way) to be too difficult to cross. Orihime became so despondent that a flock of magpies came and made a bridge for her. It is said that if it rains on Tanabata, the magpies will not come, and the two lovers must wait another year to be reunited, so Japanese always wish for good weather on Tanabata. There are many variations of this story, but this version is the most widely held. We hope for clear skies on Tanabata so the lovers can always be reunited.

Video credit to Fukumusume Dowashu, Youtube: mtanakaunis