Tanabatakai “Star Festival” 2015


It’s time for Tanabata,“Star Festival” again.
This will be our fourth annual Tanabata. Every year our Tanabata collaborators bring great new ideas to the festival to make it even more fun. We have new collaborators again this year. Come and join our creative Japanese festival in Amsterdam!

Date: 28TH June 2015
Location: Jacaranda Tree Montessori in Amsterdam
Time: 14:30 – 16:30
Fee: 15 euro per child *Second child under 2 is free
For children ages 2+ accompanied by adults

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The Tanabata story
July 7th is Tanabata. According to the Chinese legend the two stars, Altair (Hikoboshi) and Vega (Orihime), were separated by the Milky Way but once a year they would reunite on July 7th. Festivals are held in many places in Japan in July and August to celebrate the annual meeting of the two stars. People typically write their wishes on small strips of paper and hang them from bamboo branches.

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*Orihime headbands by KyokoKinderKunstKlas
*Hikoboshi’s magic stick by KyokoKinderKunstKlas
*Tanabata ornaments by Flatto81
*Summer Constellations by Flatto81
*Orihime robe and Hikoboshi sash by Yumika
*Fishing for goldfish and dinosaurs
*A short play of the Tanabata story (in Japanese and Dutch) by Wonder Kids

*Japanese snacks, gifts and other cool stuff from Roppongi
*Cold barley tea from Fukushima’s Voice
*Animal Hiragana Poster by Hanato Morito

You will go home with your own Orihime or Hikoboshi costume and goldfish / dinasaurs!
Don’t forget to wear your Yukata or costumes if you have them.

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To join Tanabata-kai, please fill in and submit your info on this page.
Save your entry number and pay CASH on the day at the entrance. Space is limited so first come, first serve.

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Kyoko Kinder Kunst Klas: www.kyokokinderkunstklas.wordpress.com
Kyoko runs workshops/playgroup for children and parents in Amsterdam. Her craft themes are a unique mix of new and traditional Japanese culture.

Flatto81: www.flatto81.com
Flatto81 is a sustainable design project with an aim to experiment and share others simple alternatives through design focusing on material, form, and color.

Wonder Kids: www.wonder-kids.nl
Wonder Kids supports children with reading and writing Japanese in Amstelveen

Yumika Takeda: is a mode designer who is active in events, such as “Kids against War”, which support children’s creativity.

Roppongi: www.roppongi.nl
Roppongi offers cool Japanese gifts and other fun items. They run a webshop and sell at conventions and festivals.

Bring the voice of Fukushima to the Netherlands Project & Yukinohana
www.facebook.com/fukushima.hollandkids | www.yukinohana.nl
Their mission is inviting children from Fukushima to the Netherlands | Tohoku-Handmade products sales to give continuous support from Europe to the survivors.

Hanato Morito: www.hanato-morito.com
Hanato morito is a creative illustration project to inspire children and parents by Fumi Morimoto and Soonhwa Kang

*Please note that Kyoko Inatome and Jacaranda Tree Montessori cannot be held responsible for accidents or injury during the festival.

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