Tanabata-kai “The Star Festival” 2013

We had a great time with 35 children and their parents in a hot summer Tanabata day.

Tanabata, or the Star Festival, is held on the evening of July 7. The festival traces its origins to a legend that the Cowherd Star (Altair) and Weaver Star (Vega), lovers separated by the Milky Way, are allowed to meet just once a year – on the seventh day of the seventh month. Children and adults write their wishes on narrow strips of colored paper and hang them, along with other paper ornaments, from bamboo branches then pray that their wishes will come true.

Our Tanabata was planned by Kyoko and Soonhwa to be traditional, new and artistic. We focused on young children 2+ to be able to craft by themselves. Flatto81 and Chika Ito‘s handmade eco inks added a beauty of nature to the festival. Fumiko Ito’s photo booth intrigued children’s curiosity for light and shadow. Roppongi made a nice selection of Japanese snacks and small gifts for us.

Here are some pictures. Thanks to all the Tanabata ladies and also to Simone from Jacaranda Tree Montessori for her support and beautiful space. You can also see some other pictures on Tanabata-kai Amsterdam Facebook page.

Photography © Fumiko, Henry, Naomi, Emi and Soonhwa

All images in this blog entry have been published with the explicit permission of the parents of the depicted children. Images may not be used without permission. If you would like to link the images on blogs, articles, etc, please contact Kyoko

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