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July 7, 2020

on the seventh day of the seventh month

the Japanese celebrate Tanabata

the meeting of two lovers, across the Milky Way, represented by the stars Vega and Altair

Vega was a weaver and patron of silk farming

in 1987, when I was a student at Kawashima Textile School in Kyoto we had a party

(click on the picture to enlarge)

the sensei (teachers) got a little bit drunk and the students had a great time

some/most? got a little tipsy too

we all wrote our wishes, for the year, on pieces of paper and hung them in the bamboo

for the wind to blow  them to the heavens

my roommates convinced me to wear a yukata

and then had to dress me!

 every year I hang my wishes in the bamboo – this year in the Japanese maple

and remember my roommate, Taeko-san (in the middle)

the fabric, origami cranes were made several years ago

and always fly outside on this day

Be Kind – Be Calm – Be Safe

Dr. Bonnie Henry’s mantra – we hear it every day

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Karen Selk permalink
    July 8, 2020 7:18 pm

    Loved your story


  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    July 8, 2020 3:21 am

    What a lovely story – both the original Japanese one and yours. I have plenty of bamboos in the garden – I think I will write some wishes and hang them there – it is such a lovely idea. Your cranes are beautiful too. They seem to figure in myths from many places. I keep coming across ideas of kindness and its importance. The kindness I have received whilst we have been shut in, the kindness I can offer to others, the kindness I see around me between other people. It seems to have been more visible over the last few months.


  3. July 7, 2020 9:16 pm

    Jean, look how great you look in your Yukata! The Hittys need Yukata for next year perhaps…it does my heart good to know that wishes for kindness, calmness and safety are blowing around at the top of the hill as well as down here at the bottom.


    • July 7, 2020 11:07 pm

      Kjerstin – it has been a long time since I wore a kimono or yukata – never could dress myself. I think the “be kind” phrase will be used for the rest of my life, she has saved a lot of lives.

      Liked by 1 person

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