July 7 is the celebration of the Tanabata Festival in Japan. Tanabata means “evening of the seventh,” and is a Japanese star festival adapted from the Chinese one called Qi Xi.
Today, Japanese celebrate tanabata by writing their wishes on small pieces of paper and hanging them in bamboo. In some cases, the bamboo, wishes and decorations are burned after the festival.
Last week, in celebration of this, I went to a lecture at UP Diliman. Titled “Hajime no Ippo” (no relation to the manga/anime of the same title), it translates to “first step, according to Hanayama-san, our lecturer. It was basically an introduction to the Japanese language, composed mostly of greetings and such.
Afterwards, we were given tanzaku, pieces of paper to write our wishes in, and we wrote our names in Katakana. I discovered that though I had the characters right, the way I originally wrote it made it sound wrong.
Later, we had a tea ceremony and I got to taste it. It wasn’t bad, odd tasting at first, but it tasted ok.
If you made a wish, I hope it comes true. 🙂