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Tanabata, the Stars Festival

Posted by Esther Molina Lozano on

Tanabata, the Stars Festival

July 7th is Tanabata in Japan. This is the Stars Festival, where we write wishes in paper strips called "tanzaku" and hang them in bamboo branches, together with other beautiful paper decorations. The Tanabata legend tells that Orihime, daughter of Tentei, the sky god, was a princess who wove fabrics for the gods' clothing. She always worked hard and made gorgeous fabrics, so her father was very proud of her.One day, her father thought it would be good for her daughter to marry a good man. So he decided to introduce her to Hikoboshi, a responsible shepherd who worked taking care of the...

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