Friday, June 22, 2012

Teen Tanabata Japanese Festival in Brookline, July 7th.

Sendai Tanabata
Colorful Tanabata celebration in Sendai, by FlutterbyNessa.

Brookline's Carnegie Library branch (map) will have a Teen Tanabata Japanese Festival on Saturday, July 7th:
Manga, anime, and SO much more!! Come celebrate Tanabata with the Brookline library with an all-out festival celebrating Japanese culture!
Wikipedia tells us:
Tanabata (七夕, meaning "Evening of the seventh") is a Japanese star festival, originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The date of Tanabata varies by region of the country, but the first festivities begin on July 7 of the Gregorian calendar. The celebration is held at various days between July and August.
So we'll see how similar Pittsburgh's version is to the real thing. It will be celebrated in Asia this year on August 24, but it's nice to have some events here in July to break up a slow summer.