It is not easy for a long-distance relationship! Do you know the legend of the Cowherd and the Weaver Girl?
The Tanabata, which originated in China, is one of the gosekku, which was described in the previous article of the Tango no sekku. [Link of Tango no sekku]. This time I'd like to introduce to you the Tanabata in Japan.
Japan’s Tanabata is on July 7th of each year, which is very popular for the activities held at schools and other places. So what exactly do people do on this day?
① Write wishes on the tannzaku and hang them on the bamboo with colorful decorations. This is a kind of custom originated from the Chinese legend of Cowherd and Weaver Girl.
② Although Cowherd and Weaver Girl (Hikoboshi and Orihime) are lovers, yet they are separated by the Milky Way, and Tentei only allowed them to meet on July 7th of each year. Therefore, if people write down their wishes on this day, their wishes will come true.
③ In school, besides the tannzaku on the bamboo decorated by the children, teachers will also organize them to sing the "Tanabata Sama."
④ In East Asia, "vermicelli" is very popular as a traditional food for Tanabata. The reason for eating this "traditional noodles" is that they look like the shape of Milky Way, this is just a kind of wording, and some people say that "the noodles look like the thread of Weaver Girl," in short, there are many differing opinions about that.
The above is the basic situation of Japanese Tanabata, what do you think? If you have an opportunity to come to Japan on July 7th, please be sure to have a romantic Tanabata here!
I will always be with you....