I had totally forgotten but last Thursday was Tanabata (七夕), also called the Star Festival. It's the day that the two stars Hiko-boshi (Altair) and Ori-hime (i.e. Vega), who were seperated by the Milky Way, are able to come together.
On this holiday, we all write a wish on the pieces of paper called Tan-zaku (短冊) and hang them on bamboo branches. These tan-zaku were hanging across from a restaurant in Nakai so I peaked at a few of the wishes.
The one in the first photo is my favorite. It says "I wish for everyone to laugh like crazy so that their jaws fall off." I guess the person felt that we needed to laugh more. Below are a few more wishes I liked...
"Wishing for a cool summer." (pink)
"May the earth stop shaking."
"Please! Let me grow (height-wise) just a little bit more!"
I thought the last one was pretty funny! Guys tend to worry about their height here in Japan. All these wishes made me think about what I would wish for.
Do you have a wish? What would you wish for?