|Kumagawa-san is the one holding up the meat|
Tanabata is a festival that occurs every year in Japan, beginning on July 7th. It celebrates the meeting of two deities in Japanese folklore. These deities are lovers who are separated from each other and can only meet once a year. Because these deities are represented by stars, tanabata is often called "the star festival." Also, due to this legend, tanabata can be seen as a romantic holiday. But we just had a nice gathering among friends! In addition to us JCMU students, Kumakuma staff and a few local college students who are close with Kumagawa-san came to get in on the fun.
|These are just the leftovers|
We moved back inside the café after eating and talking for a while. Each of us young folks wrote a special wish or aspiration on a long, vertical strip of paper and attached it to a branch. Making a "wish tree" such as this is a tanabata
tradition. What was my wish, you ask? You'll have to check the other photos to find out.
After that we passed the time chatting and folding origami. Well, I should say that everyone else folded origami. I can barely fold a crane, much less copy the penguins, sea otters, and horses that were being made. Instead, I just watched, rearranged the finished products, and took pictures of them.
|Lord have mercy, H-san in the middle! Beauty beyond words, I tell you.|
70 Days in Kansai photos (JULY/AUGUST) \
70 Days in Kansai photos (JUNE)