July 7th is Tanabata, or the Star Festival in Japan.
According to the legend, there once was a weaver princess named Orihime, the daughter of the Sky King, and a cow herder prince named Hikoboshi. They lived peacefully and industriously beside the “heavenly river” of the Milky Way. After the two met each other and fell in love, they began neglecting their work: Orihime ceased weaving cloth, and Hikoboshi allowed his cows to wander all around the skies. This angered the king, so as punishment he separated the two lovers across the Milky Way.
The pain the two endured was so great that the king allowed Orihime and Hikoboshi to see each other once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month. The legend stresses that Orihime and Hikoboshi cannot meet if the weather is rainy, so it’s customary to pray for good weather on this day. People also write their wishes on small, colorful strips of paper (tanzaku) and hang them on the branches of a decorative bamboo tree. It’s widely celebrated all over Japan, typically on the seventh day of the seventh month (July 7).
When the cattleman and the princess are allowed to meet during this day, Tanabata, they are so happy and they make every wish come true.
Come to the open house to write your wishes and/or make some origami decorations to hang them on the bamboo branches, or just come see all the work that has been done, and learn the history.
Looking forward to seeing many of you on Sunday, July 7th, 1-4pm. All ages welcome!