Tanabata Song - Tanabata-Sama

Tanabata Week- Day 2! Ready to get this song stuck in your head?

Tanabata or Star Festival, has been celebrated for hundreds of years in Japan on 7/7, the one day a year that the two lovers in the famous Tanabata myth can cross the Milky Way to meet.

Today The Japanese Friendship Garden invites you to watch our second video in our Tanabata week series with the traditional Tanabata song.

Song Lyrics & Translation below:

ささのは さらさら
のきばに ゆれる
お星さま きらきら
きんぎん すなご
ごしきの たんざく
わたしが かいた
お星さま きらきら
空から  見てる


Sasa no ha sara-sara
Nokiba ni yureru
Ohoshi-sama kira-kira
Kingin sunago

Goshiki no tanzaku
watashi ga kaita
Ohoshi-sama kirakira
sora kara miteru

The bamboo leaves rustle,
And sway under the eaves.
The stars twinkle
Like gold and silver grains of sand.
The five-color paper strips
I have written them.
The stars twinkle,
Watching from above.

Tanabata Song - Tanabata-Sama