Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Tanabata , or star festival, is a huge festival that takes place on July 7th all over Japan (although some regions celebrate on August 7). As part of the Tanabata celebrations, people adorn bamboo trees with paper decorations. You're also supposed to write a wish on a piece of paper and hang it from the bamboo. There are special bamboo trees put up everywhere, in malls and train stations, all over the place, for people to hang their wishes on. In preparation for Tanabata, Ethan has been making decorations for several weeks at school.

On the far left of Ethan's bamboo are Orihime and Hikoboshi, the "stars" (pun intended) of Tanabata. According to the legend, they were lovers who were seperated by the Milky Way but are allowed to meet once a year on July 7.

On the far right is his wish: "When I grow up, I want to become a movie star." Seriously. He's been saying that for several months. We have no idea where or how he came up with it, but he says it all the time, much to Papi's chagrin.

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