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くま、七夕の星に願いごとをする Kuma makes a wish upon the stars of Tanabata

Tanabata (the evening of the 7th) is also known as the Star Festival. Tanabata is a Japanese festival originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival. Tanabata celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively).According to legend, the Milky Way (peoples in Eastern Asia believed that the hazy band of stars was the Silvery River of Heaven) separates these lovers and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The date of Tanabata varies by region of the country but the first festivities begin on the 7th of July of the Gregorian calendar. The celebration is held at various days between July and August. People generally celebrate Tanabata by writing wishes (sometimes in the form of poetry) on tanzaku (small pieces of paper) and hanging them on bamboo.

The deities Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair) are in a long distance relationship on a universal scale. Any wish will come true if their wish comes true. I think they perhaps wish for a ship or a bridge to cross the Silvery River of Heaven (the Milky Way). And yet I think that a year can amount to a moment when taking the immense scale of the universe into consideration. I think that a year for a human being can amount to a few seconds for the stars Vega and Altair when taking each life span into consideration. Oh, they are almost always together. That is great.

Salmons swimming in the Silvery River of Heaven (the Milky Way) are covered with golden scales and are called Golden Salmons. And also Golden Salmons on the Nagoya Castle of Jupiter guard the extraterrestrials. I wish I can get along well with Shake (my salmon) this year too.

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