Whenever the students hear the word “ Tanabata” the few things that they remember about is; wishing–and the story of a two lovers meeting together on a specific date. But, what is really Tanabata? Does it have a profound meaning?

“Tanabata Matsuri” is also known in English as “Star Festival”, it is an event that came from the country of the rising sun; otherwise known as “Japan”. Yet the said festival originated from the Chinese “Qixi Festival.” The Festival was introduced in Japan by the Empress Koken in 755. In the present day of Japan, people generally celebrates Tanabata Festival day by writing wishes on a tanzaku. A tanzaku is a small piece of paper which is hanged on a bamboo with decorations. The bamboo and decorations are often set afloat on a river or burned after the festival.

In this institution, Nikkeisians celebrate Tanabata by writing their greatest desires on a small piece of origami; hang it on their own bamboo and burn it as they sing the traditional Tanabata Song. It is believed that burning the bamboos with the wishes on it is a way of sending their dreams or wishes to the two deities–Orihime and Hikoboshi. The smoke or the ashes serve as a gateway to heaven. On the 7th day of the 7th month, the students, are hoping that their wishes will come true with their strong faith, hard work, and with the help of the deities; nothing is impossible

By: Geezel May O. Tsunashima

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