Tanabata, or the Star Festival, is held on the evening of July 7. One of Japan's three major summer festivals, its origins trace back to a legend involving two prominent stars in the night sky: Altair and Vega. The legend tells the tragic story of the Cowherd Star (Altair) and Weaver Star (Vega), lovers separated by the Milky Way, but who are allowed to meet just once a year - on the seventh day of the seventh month.
In one of the traditions of the festival, children and adults write their wishes on narrow strips of colored paper and hang them, along with other paper ornaments, on bamboo branches placed in the backyards or entrances of their homes. They then pray hard that their wishes will come true.
Stop by the JICC to learn more about the tale of the star-crossed lovers and write a wish of your own! There will also be an interactive toy exhibit, featuring various traditional Japanese toys.
The exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibition will run from July 1 through 31 and will be open to the public during regular JICC hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please note the exhibit will be closed on July 3 and July 20 due to JICC holiday closures.