Tanabata is a Japanese festival that celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. There are many versions of this story. According to legend,the milky way separates these lovers and are only allowed to meet once a year on the 7th day of the 7th month.The Tanabata festival held on July 7, Thursday at 10:30 in the morning, was a success. The Nihongo teachers and the members of the Nihongo club spearheaded the said activity.
The flow of the program was great and kept the audience interested. The designs were amazing and stunning as it really captured the essence of the Tanabata and made one feel that he/she is really in Japan. It was also very creative and colorful.
The play depicting the story of Tanabata was closed to the original tale. It was one of the highlights of the program. The children performed very well and captured the attention of the audience. Zen Miyake played as the merchant, Mia Pabillo as the princess ,Zen Sato as the king, Ayumi Suzuki as the queen. Louis Gabriel Lavasores and Jef Lapaz played as the friends of the merchant. Rinko Tomari, Jessa Reyes, Sophia Noblefranca, Aimi Kitahama, Patricia Calla, Trisha Agbisit, Nenia Barao and Anna Ibuyan played as the princess’ minions.
Days before the program, the students were made to write their wishes on tanzaku and it was either hanged on a bamboo tree or posted in a bamboo drawing.On the final part of the program, the audience watched as it was burned, as it follows the Japanese tradition saying it will be read by Orihime and Hikoboshi and the wishes shall come true. As the audience watch the bonfire their thoughts were filled with hope that their wishes will come true. It has been said that it could be improved with everyone’s cooperation. All the students were excited for the next year’s Tanabata festival and were hoping that it would be as fun and exciting.