Tanabata, the Star Festival
Today is special day;D!! *Tanabata!!! It is "the Star Festival" in English...Actually, in Honshu (the main island of Japan), it is on July 7th, but in my hometown, Hokkaido, tanabata is on August 7th;)!!! It is very romantic day today:)
Once upon a time, *Orihime (Altair) and *Hikoboshi (Vegar) loved each other very much. However, they were separated when the banks of *Amanogawa (the River of Heaven, or the Milky Way) parted. Since then, they have been able to only meet once a year on tanabata day!!! It's romantic, isn't it!?
On tanabata, person writes his or her wish on a piece of paper that is called *tanzaku, and hangs it on the bamboo leaves like the above illustration. If we do so on tanabata, it is believed that our wishes will come true;) People make sweets and offer them to orihime and hikoboshi:D
When my sister was 5 years old, she wrote her wish on tanzaku. "I want to be a pink candy because it is so cute!!!" lol!!.....I read her wish and I said, "Me too!! Me too!!" I can't understand why she and I wanted to be such a pink candy:P I want to stay human!!! But I wrote stranger wish than hers. When I was about 5 years, I wrote "I want a shining gold tooth like my grandma's!" When my mom laughed at my wish, I shouted "Why are you making fool of me?" as I was crying, so my family had to hear my stupid wish seriously without laughing. It's very strange:P lol!!
This year's wish of mine is "I would like to improve my English skill;D" (Wow!! I'm a hard worker!! lol:)!!)
*tanabata--the star festival
*amanogawa--the Milky Way
*tanzaku--oblong cards, and people write their wihes on them