Ronjie's Nihongo sensei gave out boxed goodies in class one day, to celebrate Tanabata. Looks like black bean jelly, which is symbolic for good health.
|it tasted like black bean jelly so I guess that's what it is|
Tanabata (also known as the "star festival") is the "Japanese-Chinese Valentine's Day" and is celebrated on July 7 (or August 7 in some places, based on the traditional Japanese lunisolar calendar). According to a legend, this is the only day when lovers Vega (Orihime) and Altair (Hikoboshi) are allowed to meet. The lovers' story, lifted from Wikipedia:
One of the customs is to write your wishes on a small piece of paper and then hang it on a bamboo tree, along with other decorations. The Tanabata festival is particularly famous in Sendai, where it is celebrated in August. Recently though, Japan has been cutting down its festivals--to conserve energy and probably also so resources can be redirected to the rehabilitation of those affected by the recent tsunami--so I wonder if the Tanabata festival will be celebrated in Sendai this year, and if so, in what scale. In any case, I hope it isn't rainy on the day.
For more fun facts about Japan's Valentine's day, click here.
TWF Post-it reminder for today: