Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tanabata: the Star Festival


Tanabata is my favorite Japanese holiday and American Fuji is my version of the Tanabata story. Tanabata, or the Star Festival (July 7th), celebrates the story of two lovers, a cowherd (represented by the star Altair) and a weaver (Vega) who are separated by the Milky Way and allowed to meet only once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th month. People writes wishes on strips of paper and hang them on bamboo branches. If the night sky is clear enough to see the two stars, your wish may come true.

Here is my wish this year, folded into a crane as Gaby folded her wish. I don't have bamboo--or Gaby's tomato plants--so I hung it in my lilac. I am wishing for grants or fellowships to help me take some time off to write another novel. With our current heat wave, I doubt the sky will be clear, but here's hoping!

3 comments:

Sara Backer said...

The sky has hazy, so I guess I'll have to try again later. This morning, I noticed the crane has disappeared. It hadn't fallen to the ground and the thread was broken. Who took the crane? A raccoon? A bird? A wish thief? (Say, there's a title fora novel . . .)

SapphireSavvy said...

Oo, love THE WISH THIEF by Sara Backer..... *daydreaming happily*

My son makes great origami! He is only 10 but it's his talent. We have an origami fan-box-thing on our mantel and it's gorgeous. I am afraid our 2-y-o daughter will steal it and ruin it.

How weird that your crane went AWOL!

SapphireSavvy said...

Just wanted to let you know: my son is desperately striving to make 1,000 origami cranes before 10-10-10 at 10:10. I don't think he'll make it, tho. :(