Ayako Egawa wrote to me this morning about the Star Festival in Japan. Here’s what she wrote.
It is Star festival, "Tanabata" today. I remember you told about this tradition in your daughter’s class. I saw a beautiful Tanabata display at the entrance of a building. I’d love to show the photo of the display to you! (See above.)
Pieces of fancy paper are prepared near the tree so that anyone can
write his or her wish on the paper and put it on the bamboo tree. I think this is a wonderful idea that is available for everybody!
May people’s wishes come true!
Ayako had told us about this festival in the past. You can read all about it in a previous post about Tanabata that includes a song that’s sung for Tanabata. I had told my daughter’s class about how Japanese people make a wish upon a Tanabata tree and the class made a tree so all the kids could make wishes. What a wonderful tradition! Thanks for sharing Ayako.
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