The Star Festival in Okinawa

The Star Festival in Okinawa

While watching decorations on tanzaku sway in the wind, families walked along the first avenue in Okinawa City on July 6.

July 7, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

July 7 is Tanabata, a Japanese star festival. The day belongs to Shosho or “minor heat”, one of 24 solar terms in the traditional East Asian lunisolar calendars. According to the calendar, summer officially begins on this day.

The star festival was held at the first avenue of the Chuo district in Okinawa City. The participants wrote wishes on tanzaku, small pieces of paper, and hanged them on bamboo.

Under colorful streamers, the event organizer provided fine white noodles served flowing in a small flume.

Supported by her mother, three-year-old Miharu Honma wrote on pink tanzaku, “I want to become ‘the Pretty Cure’ in Japanese animation.”

Eleven-year-old Aiki Uema, who tried the noodles, said, “I quickly caught the noodles. These were delicious.”

(English translation by T&CT)

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