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Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Come celebrate Tanabata with us!

Our Okiya, Nakanoshima, is celebrating Tanabata!

For the past month, the Okiya members in Japan Kansai have been working hard to bring this tradition in Japan to life.

Tanabata is a Japanese star festival that takes place on the 7th day of the 7th month each year. The story of Tanabata is derived from the Chinese story of Qi Xi (七夕 "The Night of Sevens"). Legend has it that a King named Tentei (天帝, Sky King, or the universe itself) goes in search of a husband for his weaver daughter Orhime Orihime (織姫, Weaving Princess). Tentei finds a cow herder by the name of Hikoboshi (彦星, Cow Herder Star) and the couple fall in love and marry.

After a while, the work that used to be done by the lovers falls behind. In anger, Tentei sends Hikoboshi away and Orihime becomes heart-broken. In time, her father sees her sadness and promises they can see each other on the 7th day of the 7th month.

Provided it doesn't rain, many Japanese cities celebrate the coming together of these Star-crossed Lovers. During Tanabata, the streets are festooned with bamboo decorations and colorful, streaming lanterns. During our Tanabata we will have some versions of these decorations and food stands! We will also have musicians that will travel along side the parade and a person singing the Traditional Tanabata song!

Sasa no ha sara-sara (笹の葉 さらさら)
Nokiba ni yureru (軒端にゆれる)
Ohoshi-sama kira-kira (お星様 キラキラ)
Kingin sunago (金銀砂子)


The bamboo leaves rustle, rustle,
shaking away in the eaves.
The stars go twinkle, twinkle;
Gold and silver grains of sand.

As far as we know, this will be the first attempt by the Geishas in SL to have a parade, so even with difficulties.... we hope that you appreciate the effort. We will be crowning a Tanabata queen and following the parade, we will have a dance in the courtyard with games to continue the party. Also, do not forget to drop your wish in the Tanabata tree! The route that the parade will take is shown on the map to the right - please click on the image to see it full-size.

Unfortunately, due to some technical problems, the play will be postponed to a date after July 7th. Please look out for updates on this!

So please join us on July 7th at 4pm SLT on Japan Kansai!

(Please line up on the sides of the streets..please stay off the roads. Seats will be arranged - if no seats are available... please just stand near them around the areas indicated on the map.)

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