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2022 Tanabata / The Star Festival Event (This Ancient Tradition of Writing Wishes or Prayers Comes From the Edo Period)NEW

2022 Tanabata / The Star Festival Event (This Ancient Tradition of Writing Wishes or Prayers Comes From the Edo Period)
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Date: Sunday, 10 July, 2022       Time: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Portland Japanese Garden
611 S.W. Kingston Ave.
Portland, OR 97205

Phone: (503) 223-5055
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The Star Festival event features a colorful display of tanzaku, or wish strips, hanging from bamboo. This tradition of writing wishes or prayers comes from the Edo period, when children were encouraged to practice their writing and hang them from bamboo for all to see. Tanabata is one of five seasonal festivals celebrated in Japan since the 8th century.

Tanabata was inspired by an ancient Chinese folk legend of two stars: Orihime, the Weaver Star (Vega), and Hikoboshi, the Cowherder Star (Altair). Orihime and Hikoboshi were in love but were banished by Orihime’s father the Sky King to opposite ends of the Milky Way for neglecting their work to spend time together. Moved by his daughter’s sorrow over this, the Sky King allowed them to meet just once a year on the 7th night of the 7th month. On this night a flock of magpies use their wings to form a bridge so that the Orihime can cross the Milky Way to be united with Hikoboshi. The magpies will only make the bridge if July 7 is a clear night; if it rains, they must wait another year. Because of this legend, many Japanese people pray for a clear night on July 7.

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July 10, 2022 - Sunday

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10:30 am - 2:30 pm

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Portland Japanese Garden611 S.W. Kingston Ave., Portland, OR 97205

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2022 Tanabata / The Star Festival Event (This Ancient Tradition of Writing Wishes or Prayers Comes From the Edo Period)




   

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