is a Japanese star festival that celebrates the reunion of Orihime (Vega
) and Hikoboshi (Altair
). According to legend they are separated by the Amanogawa (Milky Way
, lit. "heavenly river") and may only meet once per year
on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.
In present-day Japan people generally celebrate this day by writing wishes, often in the form of poetry, on small pieces of paper called tanzaku
. They hang these on bamboo
, sometimes with other decorations.Select a Prompt
Write a wish in the form of a poem. For bonus points create your own tanzaku and submit a drawing, painting, or photo of it (maybe even tied to a tree) along with your poem.
Write about reunion with a person, place, or object important to you.
Write about the night sky.Winners