This year’s virtual Tanabata celebration features a multitude of activities and content, including a live facebook tour of Shofuso decorated with our own Fukinagashi, which are long, flowing Japanese-paper decorations.
Another important tradition of Tanabata is to write a wish onto a strip of paper called Tanzaku and then tie it to a tree branch. We encourage everyone to participate by writing their own wishes on the provided Tanzaku cutout, tying them to a tree of your own and posting them on social media, and tagging us to create a virtual tree of wishes.
If you’ve been looking to learn how to fold or add to your established origami skillset, you’ll also find instructional step-by-step videos for 3 origami shapes: Crane, Kimono, and Fishing Net Decoration.
Lastly, we cover the full history and folktale behind why Tanabata (七夕) is celebrated on this day, and why the month that it is celebrated may be different in certain areas.