The Tanabata Star Festival

Japanese children’s wishes at the Tanabata Festival in Japan

Just last month, Japanese children celebrated
Tanabata, or the July Star Festival. Families go outside on the night of July 7th to watch the stars Orihime and Hikoboshi (also known as Vega and Altair) meet across the Milky Way, known in Japanese legend as the river Amanogawa. Children write wishes and hang them on the leaves of bamboo trees.

We learned a traditional folk song sung for the Tanabata Festival. 

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