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seventh day of the seventh month

July 7, 2021

Tanabata – the seventh day of the seventh month

in Japan weavers celebrate the story of two star crossed lovers

a weaver girl and her cow herder lover

at Kawashima Textile School in 1987

  the director, teachers and their kids, students and guests from the village

took a day off and had a party

we ate, drank and played silly games

we wrote our wishes for the coming year on slips of paper and hung them on the bamboo

for the wind to blow them to the heavens

click to enlarge pictures

(sorry for the quality  – they were originally slides – remember them?)

every year I hang my wishes, from origami fabric cranes, on the Japanese maple tree

pray for a year of peace, good health

and that, as a species, we care for one another and the planet

the wind is blowing!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. July 9, 2021 12:32 am

    Beautiful, beautiful cranes. Thank you


  2. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    July 8, 2021 8:18 am

    What a lovely tradition! And your cranes are delightful.


    • July 8, 2021 10:30 am

      Sue – the cranes were fun to make, I used a very fine, double sided iron-on interfacing with a light paper backing and then just folded as I would with paper origami. They have survived several years hanging in the wind (of course they come in after a day or two).

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        July 10, 2021 3:32 am

        I wonder if I still have the origami book we had when my children were young? I shall have to look! IT could use up some more of my scraps.


      • July 10, 2021 10:13 am

        Sue – if you can’t find the book the library probably has something. Give it a try but use a very fine, two sided, iron-on interfacing and back it with a light, soft paper (I used mulberry from the art store because I had a big roll of it). Iron all the origami folds to give a good crease.

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      • Going Batty in Wales permalink
        July 11, 2021 3:00 am

        Thank you for the tips.


      • July 11, 2021 11:39 am

        Sue – let me know if you give it a try. Have fun.

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  3. July 8, 2021 1:16 am

    Peace and health to you.


  4. July 7, 2021 5:05 pm

    Lovely, celebrating down the hill too – Happy weaving!


  5. July 7, 2021 3:00 pm

    Yes, we need this pandemic to disappear and that we can peaceful go about our daily life without the fear. Come and go as we please – it must be “time” as they say in sporting events – the whistle blows and the game is done and dusted for that day, it’s been a very long match.

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    • July 7, 2021 8:43 pm

      Catherine – I’m a retired nurse – it may not continue as a pandemic but this virus is not going away in my lifetime. When borders open and airlines start flying regular routes again we will have to wait and see what happens. With the variants that keep growing stronger it is possible the vaccines will need to be upgraded. It is only 1 1/2 years – the shortest time any pandemic has been dealt with in history. I’m not getting complacent.

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      • July 8, 2021 9:05 pm

        I realise it probably won’t – but it would be nice if it didn’t keep adding “variants” to it – or that an annual jab (like the flu’ jab) would keep it was destroying families.


      • July 8, 2021 10:53 pm

        Catherine – the flu changes every year – variants – that’s why we need a shot every year because the vaccine is adjusted. Hopefully they can do the same when they know more about Covid, a vaccine has never been developed this quickly before, it takes time and testing.

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