[:it]Tanabata, la leggenda e i tempi moderni[:en]Tanabata, the legend and modern times[:ja]Tanabata, the legend and modern times[:]

[:it]Tanabata: Il settimo giorno del settimo mese lunare si celebra una delle cinque gosekku (五節句), le più importanti festività dell’anno. Questa è anche una delle mie feste preferite perchè è estremamente romantica.

Tanabata

La Settima Notte

La leggenda narra della Principessa Orihime (la stella Vega), figlia devota di Tentei (il Re del cielo) che trascorreva le sue giornata a tessere in riva al fiume celeste Amanogawa (la Via Lattea). Tuttavia, il suo cuore era triste poichè non aveva ancora conosciuto l’amore. Allora Tentei le presentò Hikoboshi (la stella Altair), un giovane mandriano dei piani celesti che viveva al di là del fiume. L’amore tra i due scoppiò immediatamente, ma la passione li distrasse dai loro doveri scatenando l’ira di Tentei.

Egli li divise riportando la figlia sulla sponda opposta del fiume. Orihime, distrutta dal dolore, pianse mille lacrime. Tentei, colpito dal grande amore della figlia, permise ai due amanti di incontrarsi la settima notte del settimo mese solo se avessero lavorato con solerzia durante tutto l’anno. Il cielo, in questa speciale notte, deve essere sereno altrimenti attraversare il fiume argenteo risulterebbe impossibile. Infatti, se piovesse esso si ingrosserebbe e il vigore delle sue acque impedirebbe allo stormo di gazze di creare un ponte con le loro ali per permettere ai due amanti di riabbracciarsi.

Tanabata tanzaku

photo credits: Daisuke, せんと

Da Shichiseki a Tanabata e le usanze del festival

Tanabata non era il nome originale di questa festività. Nell’antichità essa era conosciuta come Shichiseki, derivante dalla lettura dei kanji cinesi 七夕, da cui ha origine. Infatti, il festival venne importato dalla Cina dall’imperatrice Koken nel Palazzo Imperiale di Kyoko nel pieno periodo Heian. Si diffuse poi in tutto il Giappone nel Periodo Edo e da allora è divenuto uno dei festival più amati.

Tanabata Tanabata

photo credits: Mark, tototti 

Le decorazioni del Tanabata

Tra il 6 luglio e l’8 agosto, in base alla regione, le strade si riempiono di zen-washi (lanterne di carta) e le persone indossano lo yukata (浴衣). Quest’ultimo, è un kimono molto informale con maniche larghe e cuciture piatte, il cui tessuto è di cotone, privo di fodera e quindi adatto al periodo estivo. Sono però i tanzaku (短冊) i veri protagonisti di questa notte incantata. Strisce di carta colorata che simboleggiano i fili di seta intrecciati da Orihime e sui quali vengono scritte preghiere o desideri. Successivamente questi vengono legati ai rami di bambù, considerato il simbolo principale del Tanabata. In questo modo il vento, soffiando tra le foglie, porta con sé i desideri e li realizza!

Tanabata tanzaku

photo credits: savvytokyo.com, Hiroshi

Altrettante decorazioni di buon auspicio fanno capolino nelle parate durante il matsuri. Ci sono i Kamigorono (speciali kimono di carta) che preservano da malanni ed incidenti. Inoltre possiamo trovare i toami, reti da pesca la cui esposizione porterebbe fortuna nella pesca e nei raccolti. Per non dimenticare i fukinagashi, strisce filanti colorate come la stoffa che Orihime tesseva. Continuiamo poi con i bellissimi orizuru (origami) soprattutto a forma di gru, portatrici di salute, protezione e lunga vita alle famiglie. I kinchaku, piccole borse che portano buoni affari e ricchezza. Inoltre abbiamo i famosissimi kusudama, ornamenti di forma ovale composti da una serie di origami cuciti e incollati tra loro. Arriviamo poi ai kuzukago, sacchi della spazzatura che simboleggiano la “pulizia” (intesa come purezza) e la prosperità.

Tanabata Tanabata

photo credits: savvytokyo.com, Naomi Nakagawa

Ad ogni regione la sua data

Come dicevamo, la data del Tanabata varia a seconda della regione. Nella regione del Kanto, Il Tanabata di Hiratsuka, nella prefettura di Kanagawa, si svolge tra il 4 e il 6 luglio. Nella regione di Chūbu a Ichinomiya, nella prefettura di Aichi, si festeggia tra il 24 e il 27 luglio. infine, nella regione di Tōhoku, a Sendai, nella prefettura di Miyagi, si svolge tra il 6 e l’8 agosto.

Tanabata Tanabata

photo credits: japancheapo.com, EriTes Photo

Anche se l’amore è un sentimento che merita sempre di prevalere, durante questo periodo dell’anno l’idea di alzare gli occhi al cielo e desiderare con tutto il cuore qualcosa con la speranza che si avveri, è sempre emozionante. Ogni Tanzaku è speciale ed è bellissimo leggere i sogni delle persone ed augurare loro di poter essere esauditi. Questo, infatti, è uno dei tanti momenti di altruismo che solo in Giappone può essere condiviso.

E voi? Quale sogno custodite nel vostro cuore? Qualunque esso sia, possa trovare la strada per realizzarsi! E se siete nei paraggi di Milano, vi consigliamo di venire a festeggiare il Tanabata da TENOHA Milano. Pronti ad appendere il vostro tanzaku? Noi l’abbiamo già fatto!

Tanabata

photo credits: timeout.com

[:en]Tanabata: on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month we celebrate one of the five gosekku (五節), the most important festivals of the year. This is also one of my favorite parties because it is extremely romantic.

Tanabata

The Seventh Night

The legend tells of Princess Orihime (the star Vega), devoted daughter of Tentei (the King of the sky) who spent her day weaving on the shores of the celestial river Amanogawa (the Milky Way). However, her heart was sad because she had not yet known love. Then Tentei introduced her to Hikoboshi (the Altair star), a young herder of the heavenly planes who lived across the river. The love between the two exploded immediately, but the passion distracted them from their duties by unleashing the wrath of Tentei.

He divided them by returning his daughter to the opposite bank of the river. Orihime, destroyed by pain, wept a thousand tears. Tentei, struck by his daughter’s great love, allowed the two lovers to meet on the seventh night of the seventh month only if they worked diligently throughout the year. The sky, in this special night, must be clear, otherwise crossing the silvery river would be impossible. In fact, if it rained it would swell and the vigor of its waters would prevent the flock of magpies from creating a bridge with their wings to allow the two lovers to hug again.

Tanabata Tanabata

photo credits: Daisuke, せんと

From Shichiseki to Tanabata and the customs of the festival

Tanabata was not the original name of this holiday. In ancient times it was known as Shichiseki, deriving from the reading of the Chinese kanji, from which it originates. In fact, the festival was imported from China by Empress Koken in the Kyoko Imperial Palace in the Heian period. It then spread throughout Japan in the Edo Period and has since become one of the most popular festivals.

Tanabata tanzaku

photo credits: Mark, tototti 

The decorations of the Tanabata

Between July 6 and August 8, according to the region, the streets are filled with zen-washi (paper lanterns) and people wear yukata (浴衣). The latter is a very informal kimono with wide sleeves and flat seams, made of cotton, without lining and therefore suitable for the summer. But the tanzaku (短冊) are the real protagonists of this enchanted night. Strips of colored paper that symbolize the silk threads woven by Orihime and on which prayers or wishes are written. Later these are tied to bamboo branches, considered the main symbol of the Tanabata. In this way, the wind, blowing through the leaves, brings with it the desires and realizes them!

Tanabata Tanabata

photo credits: savvytokyo.com, Hiroshi

As many auspicious decorations appear in the parades during the matsuri. There are Kamigorono (special paper kimonos) that protect against illness and accidents. We can also find toami, fishing nets whose exposure would bring good luck in fishing and in crops. Not to mention the fukinagashi, colored stripes like the fabric that Orihime wove. We then continue with the beautiful orizuru (origami) especially in the shape of a crane, bringing health, protection and long life to families. The kinchaku, small bags that bring good business and wealth. We also have the famous kusudama, oval-shaped ornaments composed of a series of origami sewn and glued together. Then we come to the kuzukagos, garbage bags that symbolize “cleanliness” (understood as purity) and prosperity.

photo credits: savvytokyo.com, Naomi Nakagawa

To each region its date

As we said, the date of the Tanabata varies according to the region. In the Kanto region, The Tanabata of Hiratsuka, in Kanagawa prefecture, takes place between 4 and 6 July. In the region of Chūbu in Ichinomiya, in the Aichi prefecture, it is celebrated between 24 and 27 July. finally, in the region of Tōhoku, in Sendai, in the prefecture of Miyagi, it takes place between 6 and 8 August.

Tanabata tanzaku

photo credits: japancheapo.comEriTes Photo

Even if love is a feeling that always deserves to prevail, during this time of the year the idea of ​​raising one’s eyes to the sky and desiring with all one’s heart something with the hope that it will come true, is always exciting. Each Tanzaku is special and it is wonderful to read people’s dreams and wish them to be heard. This, in fact, is one of the many moments of altruism that can only be shared in Japan.

And you? What dream do you keep in your heart? Whatever it is, find the way to come true! And if you are around Milan, we recommend you to come and celebrate the Tanabata from TENOHA Milan. Ready to hang your tanzaku? We have already done it!

Tanabata

photo credits: timeout.com

[:ja]Tanabata: on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month we celebrate one of the five gosekku (五節), the most important festivals of the year. This is also one of my favorite parties because it is extremely romantic.

Tanabata

The Seventh Night

The legend tells of Princess Orihime (the star Vega), devoted daughter of Tentei (the King of the sky) who spent her day weaving on the shores of the celestial river Amanogawa (the Milky Way). However, her heart was sad because she had not yet known love. Then Tentei introduced her to Hikoboshi (the Altair star), a young herder of the heavenly planes who lived across the river. The love between the two exploded immediately, but the passion distracted them from their duties by unleashing the wrath of Tentei.

He divided them by returning his daughter to the opposite bank of the river. Orihime, destroyed by pain, wept a thousand tears. Tentei, struck by his daughter’s great love, allowed the two lovers to meet on the seventh night of the seventh month only if they worked diligently throughout the year. The sky, in this special night, must be clear, otherwise crossing the silvery river would be impossible. In fact, if it rained it would swell and the vigor of its waters would prevent the flock of magpies from creating a bridge with their wings to allow the two lovers to hug again.

Tanabata Tanabata

photo credits: Daisuke, せんと

From Shichiseki to Tanabata and the customs of the festival

Tanabata was not the original name of this holiday. In ancient times it was known as Shichiseki, deriving from the reading of the Chinese kanji, from which it originates. In fact, the festival was imported from China by Empress Koken in the Kyoko Imperial Palace in the Heian period. It then spread throughout Japan in the Edo Period and has since become one of the most popular festivals.

Tanabata tanzaku

photo credits: Mark, tototti 

The decorations of the Tanabata

Between July 6 and August 8, according to the region, the streets are filled with zen-washi (paper lanterns) and people wear yukata (浴衣). The latter is a very informal kimono with wide sleeves and flat seams, made of cotton, without lining and therefore suitable for the summer. But the tanzaku (短冊) are the real protagonists of this enchanted night. Strips of colored paper that symbolize the silk threads woven by Orihime and on which prayers or wishes are written. Later these are tied to bamboo branches, considered the main symbol of the Tanabata. In this way, the wind, blowing through the leaves, brings with it the desires and realizes them!

Tanabata Tanabata

photo credits: savvytokyo.com, Hiroshi

As many auspicious decorations appear in the parades during the matsuri. There are Kamigorono (special paper kimonos) that protect against illness and accidents. We can also find toami, fishing nets whose exposure would bring good luck in fishing and in crops. Not to mention the fukinagashi, colored stripes like the fabric that Orihime wove. We then continue with the beautiful orizuru (origami) especially in the shape of a crane, bringing health, protection and long life to families. The kinchaku, small bags that bring good business and wealth. We also have the famous kusudama, oval-shaped ornaments composed of a series of origami sewn and glued together. Then we come to the kuzukagos, garbage bags that symbolize “cleanliness” (understood as purity) and prosperity.

photo credits: savvytokyo.com, Naomi Nakagawa

To each region its date

As we said, the date of the Tanabata varies according to the region. In the Kanto region, The Tanabata of Hiratsuka, in Kanagawa prefecture, takes place between 4 and 6 July. In the region of Chūbu in Ichinomiya, in the Aichi prefecture, it is celebrated between 24 and 27 July. finally, in the region of Tōhoku, in Sendai, in the prefecture of Miyagi, it takes place between 6 and 8 August.

Tanabata tanzaku

photo credits: japancheapo.comEriTes Photo

Even if love is a feeling that always deserves to prevail, during this time of the year the idea of ​​raising one’s eyes to the sky and desiring with all one’s heart something with the hope that it will come true, is always exciting. Each Tanzaku is special and it is wonderful to read people’s dreams and wish them to be heard. This, in fact, is one of the many moments of altruism that can only be shared in Japan.

And you? What dream do you keep in your heart? Whatever it is, find the way to come true! And if you are around Milan, we recommend you to come and celebrate the Tanabata from TENOHA Milan. Ready to hang your tanzaku? We have already done it!

Tanabata

photo credits: timeout.com

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