Tanabata Week - Make A Wish!
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About the Event
Tanabata or Star Festival, has been celebrated for over 700 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. The Japanese Friendship Garden will be celebrating their beautiful story and the culture surrounding this tale with you during our Tanabata Week from 7/7 to 7/11.
We invite you to get virtually caught up in this galactic fairy tale. Experience the songs, crafts and stories each day leading up to Saturday, the 11th, when you can come to the Garden in person to make a wish and tie it to bamboo. You will also have the fun option to buy a small piece of bamboo and tie it there to take home as a beautiful memento.
"Tanabata (七夕) has its origins in a Chinese festival and concerns the romantic legend between two literally star-crossed lovers, Princess Orihime the Weaver and Hikoboshi the Cowherd. The pair are represented by the stars Vega and Altair, separated by the Milky Way galaxy, and can only meet on this day once a year when a flock of sympathetic magpies form a bridge for them across the Milky Way." -Excerpt from:travel.rakuten.com
Tanabata Week Schedule:
7/7 : Virtual Tanabata Story - Kamishibai
7/8 : Virtual Tanabata Song - Tanabata-Sama
7/9 : Virtual Tanabata Craft - Tanzaku & Koyori
7/10 : Virtual Tanabata Game - Zui Zui
7/11 : Tanabata - Make A Wish ! Come to the Garden during our normal operating hours (7am-12pm and 5pm-8pm) to write your wish on a Tanzaku (paper decoration) and tie it to bamboo to participate in this cultural tradition!
Tanabata Week project was funded, supported, and made possible by a grant from Arizona Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities.