2011/07/04

Wish on a Star - Tanabata -

Japanese food is known for its emphasis on “season”. Traditional Japanese confectionery, called “Wagashi”, is not exceptional.

In July, the sweets representing “stars” can be seen a lot. It is because we annually celebrate Tanabata (the Star Festival) on July 7. Nowadays, we celebrate the day by writing wishes on strips of colorful paper and hanging them on bamboo branches. The decorated bamboo are set up at home or stores in order for people’s wishes to reach the stars.

 
Enjoy July while having a nice cup (or “bowl”, too) of Japanese tea and the sweets representing twinkling stars. And…..wish on a star.