At home, kindergarden, on the shopping streets,etc. we decorate the bamboo branch with rectangular shaped 5 coloured papers : representing 5 elements of univers which are wood, fire, earth,gold and water and those 5 elements influence one another to move on the universe :
On the papers we write down our wishes by a blush and sumi-ink using the collected dewdrops early morning.
Once upon a time the Lord of Heaven had a beautiful daughter named Vega who was very skillful at weaving, and there was a handsome young man named Altair who was taking care of cows. Soon they fell in love. The Lord of Heaven permitted them get married, because both of them were working very hard and the Lord liked them.
The newly wedded couple were so happy and spent wonderful days, eventually they became to neglect their jobs.
The Lord of Heaven got angry at the couple and he separated them apart and put them at each side of the Milky Way : only one night a year he let them see each other on the 7th July. A magpie puts Vega and crosses the Milky Way to Altair.
But the weather was not good the magpie can’t fly and the cupple can not get together till nex year.
The wishes such as May peace prevails all over the world, Wish for passing the exam to Kyoto university, Wish to loose 5 kilo, etc.
Today is the 7th July and we wish for th
For you, who would like to travel in Kyoto,
Johnnie Hillwalker’s Kyoto walking tour
Kyoto Private guide, Shihoko Hirooka, Kyoto private guide