<< Tanabata Festival >>
The Tanabata Festival is celebrated on July
7th and also called the "Star Festival".
We are told that once a year on the evening of this day, Kengyu (the Herds-boy
star "Altair") and Orihime (the Weaver star "Vega")
meet on the Milky Way.
The Original Tanabata legend began in China.
It was the tragic but romantic love story
of Orihime and Kengyu. Orihime (Emperor Tentei's
daughter) was good at weaving and she wove
clothes for gods every day.
One day Emperor Tentei chose Kengyu as her
husband. They fell in love at first sight,
but they loved each other too much. They
were so much in love, they neglected their
responsibilities and they did not work at
EmperorTentei warned them not to be idle,
but they did not listen to him. As a result,
gods' clothes wore out. Emperor Tentei was
furious. Orihiome and Kengyu were made to
separate as a punishment. Emperor Tentei
forced them to live on opposite sides of
the Amanogawa (Milky Way). Orihime cried
every day because the Amanogawa (Milky Way)
was between Orihime and Kengyu and she could
not meet him any more.
Emperor Tentei felt pity for her and said,
"If you work hard, I will allow you
to meet each other once a year. " They
worked hard and prayed. On July 7th at night,
a magpie appeared and spread its wings that
became a bridge over Amanogawa. Orihime and
Kengyu got their wish and were able to meet
Now, people write their wishes on Tanzaku
(oblong pieces of colored paper). People
make many other decorations with pieces of
colored paper as well as Tanzaku and tie
them on bamboo branches. It is said our wishes
will come true if we pray to these two stars,
Orihime (Vega) and Kengyu (Altair).
If you would like to make your wishes come
true, why don't you pray to these two stars?
You might get your wishes or at least good