Adora and I celebrated the Japanese holiday of Tanabata last Monday. Rory got us a bamboo stick to decorate, and we were so excited to make our wishes! Notice Adora's American Girl doll (let's call her Serena) in her cute "kimono".
Our first decoration was the あめ の 川 (Amenogawa), the Milky Way. Instructions for every decoration we made can be found here, and although the directions are in Japanese, the site is very user friendly, and the pictures are easy to follow. Adora didn't think this looked like the Milky Way, but it's cute anyway, so WHAT and EVER.
Hanging our Amenogawa.
We also made paper chains!
Adora enjoyed color coding them and cutting out the papers.
She also enjoyed calling for tape, as if she were a surgeon. "Scalpel! Tape!"
We then twisted it around the tree.
Adora though up these "bird cages" for out tree; cranes stand for good fortune in Japan, so perhaps it's good that we're caging good fortune? I hope so.
We wrote our wishes in Japanese on the front...
..and English on the back....Okay, so mine are only in Japanese.
Hanging our wishes on the wish tree.
The completed tree!
We enjoyed our Tanabata. How is your family celebrating summer holidays?