Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Ryukyu Star Festival Garden

The star festival is celebrated every year in Okinawa on July 7. It is based on an ancient legend that comes from China about a two people who fell in love. The girl's father did not want the two lovers to be together but he allowed them to meet once a year on July 7th.

traditional bridal kimono

So, if you look up into the evening sky on July 7 and it is clear, you can see the two stars reunited. But if it is rainy or cloudy, know that they will try to meet again next year. Some children will even make teru teru bozu てるてる坊主 to wish for good weather such that the lovers will meet again!

The story is told a little different in Japan (Aug 6-8)  and includes each year to write wishes on colorful papers and display them on bamboo trees. Because of that, the streets are decorated very beautifully and people wear their traditional kimono.

What would you wish for?

Starlight,
Stars bright,
I wish I may,
I wish I might,
Please grant me this wish tonight.

Or so the stories say,
That wishing stars,
Though oh so far,
Grant Wishes.

If you ask,
By saying the rhyme,
Or try again another time,
The wish will come true if you wish with all of your heart,
And then maybe,
Just maybe,
The magic will start.

So wish you may,
And wish you might,
See a wishing star,
Tonight

I hope you get a chance and go visit the Ryukyu Star Festival Garden and I wish for you to go there with the one you love.