Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Gion Festival

One of the 3 biggest festival in Japan called Gion Festival is ongoing!

Every year, it has lots of visitors at some downtown areas and a number of stalls will be set there.

So we can basically enjoy the several events, food and atmosphere. It moght be a memorable experieces if you visit it!!! 

The main festival is held from 14th July to 16th July. 
Also, the main parade is on 17th.

If it appeals to you why not going there!??

 毎年多くの方々が京都の街の周辺に集まり、いくつもの行事や屋台、その雰囲気を楽しまれます。 とても良い経験にもなると思います!


Sunday, July 7, 2013

Star Festival-Tanabata

Today, July 7, is the Star Festival which is one of the important event in Japan. Originally, this festival bases on the Chinese legend of two stars; Altair and Vega. Vega, a weaving girl, and Altair, a cowherd boy, they are both hard-working.
However, once they got seeing each other, tehy discontinued working. This led to lose the temper of Vega's father... Due to it, he prohibited them from meeting-up by separating by the Milky way.
After that, they reformed thier mind and decided to work hard again! It succeeded in changing father's mind and getting together again! It was just once a year, though.. From that story, people began to celebrate their reunion by decorating the bamboo branches with some paper stripes and ornaments.
On top of that, it is believed that the wish comes true if you write it on the paper stripes ang hang it on the bamboo. So now, let's get some pens and papers to make your hope come true! 今日、7月7日は七夕です! もともとこの行事は、中国の二つ星の伝説(ヴェガとアルテア)に由来しています。 ヴェガは織物、アルテアは牛の世話をして、とても熱心に働いていました。
しかし、一度二人が出会うことによって、仕事をすることをやめてしまいました。 それによって、激怒したヴェガの父親が二人が会うことと禁じ、天の川で二人を二分してしまいました。
二人は、改心しもう一度一生懸命に働くことを決め、一年に一度だけですが父から再開の許しを得ることがでました。 このことより、人々は短冊に紙や飾りを施すようになりました。
そして、その紙に書いた願い事が叶うということで今でも多くの人々がこの日に短冊に願い事を書いた紙などを飾ることが恒例になっています。 みなさん、知っていましたか―? みなさんも私たちのように短冊に願いをのせて見せませんか?:)