Monday, July 07, 2008

Today is Tanabata
(Star Festival)
According to legend, the king of the heavens separated his daughter, The Princess Weaver Star, from her husband, The Cow Herder Star, because their intense love kept them from their duties. Now they can only meet once a year - on the eve of July 7 - by crossing the Milky Way. If it rains, the star-crossed lovers will have to put off their reunion for another year. To celebrate this romantic story, people write poems and special wishes on colorful strips of paper called tanzaku and hang them from the limbs of bamboo trees. *

The word for star is hoshi 星 (ほし)
and the word for wish is hoshiiしい (ほしい)

Hey - it's like Christmas in July :)

*(that was shamelessly excerpted from Japanese Celebrations, one of my books here)

1 comment:

penquin said...

so that's what the ceiling of your apartment looks like 8o)