On this day (and actually a week or so prior to this day) you can find bamboo sprig trees with strips of colored people that individuals have written their wishes on. These trees are located in a number of places: schools, marketplaces, businesses...even a place like Partyland, the frozen yogurt shop (much like Pinkberry/Red Mango in the USA).
My friend A. and I met this evening at Partyland. After a failed Performance Event/Dance Party that I was supposed to host tonight, I felt pretty down. But since it was Tanabata, she and I decided to celebrate in a more positive way. We ate our dessert, chatted about a number of things -- men, love, memories of Ishigaki, food etc. -- and then we wrote our wishes. We also found a number of stray wishes laying around the shop. I thought these little fragments were beautiful. Something about being able to find these wishes and read them, even if I don't know the people who wrote them, gives me hope.
Here's to the dreamers! <3
|Random wishes lead astray|
|The one in German says: "I wish for a pain free tattoo"|