Here and There Japan

A. Donwerth-Chikamatsu

Tanabata 2006


Today was Tanabata. Here is our Tanabata decoration on our porch. There have been branches of bamboo outside homes and shops everywhere for about a week. My son had one in his elementary school classroom. Now that I think of it, there weren’t many outside homes. Perhaps people put them inside the entry hall. The weather has been pretty unpredictable lately.

The branches, called sasa , are sold at flower shops. People decorate them with handmade paper decorations. They also write wishes on strips of paper. The branches are usually put in a container of water to keep them fresh. Jiji used to burn everything promptly the next day, but there are now city laws against it. Now we throw it all away. As you may remember, we have a garbage day when we put out burnable items.

I took this picture above of a branch in the hallway of the elementary school when I visited. It ended up decorated in a classroom.

This was outside a community center.

This was at a shopping center. They had already set up shops but were setting up games for tomorrow’s matsuri or festival.

Kids Web Japan–information about tanabata

Kids Web Japan–story of tanabata

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