2020 Virtual Tanabata
Thank you for registering for Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center’s Virtual Tanabata.
Based on the legend of star-crossed lovers who are only allowed to reunite one night each year, Tanabata (七夕) is now celebrated with parades and many elaborate decorations, on July 7th.
Originally, Tanabata was celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th month of the Japanese lunisolar calendar, but is celebrated on different dates today. Using today’s Gregorian calendar, that would happen on different days depending on the year, sometime in August. For consistency, it is often set on the Gregorian calendar’s 7th day of August. Meanwhile, other people translate the date fully to the Gregorian calendar which puts it on July 7th.
- Paper Cranes (orizuru) – for good health and long life
- Paper Strips (tanzaku) – with handwritten wishes for the future
- Paper Kimono (kamigoromo) – for good sewing
- Purse (kinchaku) – for financial success
- Net (toami) – for a good harvest or fishing
- Trash Bag (kuzukago) – for cleanliness
- Streamers (fukinagashi) – Orihime’s weaving strings
2020 Tanabata Activities
11am: Live Tour of Shofuso’s Tanabata Decorations on Facebook Live
Noon: Legend of Orihime and Hikoboshi Kamishibai
1pm: Kimono Origami Tutorial
2pm: Crane Origami Tutorial
3pm: Fishing Net Origami Tutorial
4pm: Tanzaku Craft
Write a wish on your own tanzaku strip to hang in your home or on come to Shofuso this week and hang on our own bamboo wishing trees.