There is a Chinese tradition that marks the seventh day of the seventh month as the day when the stars Altair and Vega are able to overcome the boundaries of the Milky Way and finally meet. In Japan, this occasion is marked with Tanabata, or the Star Festival.
During the Tanabata celebration, the Japanese people traditionally write their wishes on a small strip of paper. This paper is then attached to the branches of a specially-erected bamboo tree. According to legend, wishes tied to a tree in this manner are more likely to be granted.
The festival may be held on either July 7th or August 7th, depending on whether the specific region adheres to the Solar or Lunar calendar. Whenever it is celebrated, it is always an occasion for colorful festivities and fun. Come and mark the occasion for yourself at Sushi Hana’s Bothell restaurant!