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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tanabata in Japan.

We write our wishes on small papers and hang them on the bamboo trees for "Tanabata".
My son did it when he went to the mall with his Japanese friend.
He's learning Japanese culture through his friends.
Hope his wish will come true!
Tanabata (七夕, meaning "Evening of the seventh") is a Japanese star festival, originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The date of Tanabata varies by region of the country, but the first festivities begin on July 7 of the Gregorian calendar. The celebration is held at night.
----- It was rain in Osaka. We couldn't see stars. Hope they could meet last night.

I took the picture at ISETAN (Department Store) in Osaka. ISETAN that s high-end department store opened a couple of months ago. ISETAN based in TOKYO EAST area, so it is new for OSAKA WEST area. Umeda area (North Osaka) is trendy zone in these days.

My son and I were impressed at the basement floor - food floor.
All department stores provide a food market at basement.
Can you believe this is meat? So neat!!!!!!!

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