Sunday, August 07, 2005

Tanabata, the Star Festival

Today is special day;D!! *Tanabata!!! It is "the Star Festival" in English...Actually, in Honshu (the main island of Japan), it is on July 7th, but in my hometown, Hokkaido, tanabata is on August 7th;)!!! It is very romantic day today:)
Once upon a time, *Orihime (Altair) and *Hikoboshi (Vegar) loved each other very much. However, they were separated when the banks of *Amanogawa (the River of Heaven, or the Milky Way) parted. Since then, they have been able to only meet once a year on tanabata day!!! It's romantic, isn't it!?
On tanabata, person writes his or her wish on a piece of paper that is called *tanzaku, and hangs it on the bamboo leaves like the above illustration. If we do so on tanabata, it is believed that our wishes will come true;) People make sweets and offer them to orihime and hikoboshi:D
When my sister was 5 years old, she wrote her wish on tanzaku. "I want to be a pink candy because it is so cute!!!" lol!!.....I read her wish and I said, "Me too!! Me too!!" I can't understand why she and I wanted to be such a pink candy:P I want to stay human!!! But I wrote stranger wish than hers. When I was about 5 years, I wrote "I want a shining gold tooth like my grandma's!" When my mom laughed at my wish, I shouted "Why are you making fool of me?" as I was crying, so my family had to hear my stupid wish seriously without laughing. It's very strange:P lol!!

This year's wish of mine is "I would like to improve my English skill;D" (Wow!! I'm a hard worker!! lol:)!!)

---Japanese words
*tanabata--the star festival
*amanogawa--the Milky Way
*tanzaku--oblong cards, and people write their wihes on them


At 10:56 PM, August 07, 2005, Blogger Colin said...

Wow! Another festival that I want to go to!!!

I think I may have to spend the whole year in Japan when I visit!



At 4:11 AM, August 08, 2005, Blogger Rex Stultorum said...

And when Haruna stands on one bank of Amanogawa, who stands on the opposite bank, waiting for Tanabata?

At 10:29 AM, August 08, 2005, Blogger YURIE said...

Did you draw this picture, huh? Wow~, it is beautiful! I think you will be illustrator in the future!lol

At 2:49 PM, August 09, 2005, Blogger Haruna said...

Really? That's a good idea:D!! LOL!!
If you spend the whole year here, you'll speak Japanese fluently:)
You should find a good job in Japan:Dlol

--Rex Stultorum
If I can do so, destined man of mine stands on the opposite. But I haven't found him yet...Japanese people believe Amanogawa is the river in the sky to link people with their boyfriends and girlfriends.
I'm sorry, but my English is poor and I can't explain well...I hope you can understand what I want to say!! If you can't understand, ask me:D
I display your blog on a link list of my blog:)

Yes, I did. Thank you:D I don't wanna be an illustrator because I don't hope to draw illustrations on business:P It's just my hobby:D I think YOU will be an illustrator!!lol;)

At 5:26 PM, August 09, 2005, Blogger Yuki said...

Wooo nice picture desu~~~:D

At 9:18 AM, August 10, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think your English is very good. Keep practicing!! :)

At 8:46 PM, August 10, 2005, Blogger Haruna said...

What happened with you:O? Let's drink together:D!!! Take it easy:)

Thanks:D I wanna write in English much better!! Yeah! I'll keep practicing:)

At 9:39 PM, August 10, 2005, Blogger Lavinia said...

That is such a romantic festival^_^

It seems much better to me than Valentines Day, which has lost real meaning to commercialism over the years.

Have fun!

At 1:16 AM, August 11, 2005, Blogger Haruna said...

Hey, Lavinia!!(o^^o)
Yes, Tanabata is very nice and romantic festival!!
In Japan, on Valentines Day, women send chocolates to their favorite men...Men never send them to women!!! I think that it's very strange! It's not fair!!lol:)
How about your country?


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