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FESTIVAL: THE JAPANESE STAR FESTIVAL

ALTHOUGH SOMEWHAT SAD IN THEM, THE STAR FESTIVAL IS OBSERVED IN A
SPIRIT OF JOY. (CHECK THE LEGEND FOR THE STAR FESTIVAL, UNDER
LEGENDS.) ON JULY 7, OR AUGUST 7, SUPPLICATIONS ARE MADE TO THE
WEAVER PRINCESS BY THOSE WHO WISH TO IMPROVE THEIR WEAVING AND
SEWING, AS WELL AS THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF THE GENTLE ARTS: MUSIC,
POETRY, CALLIGRAPHY, ETC. OF WHICH THE PRINCESS LATER BECAME THE
PATRON. AT THE SAME TIME, FARMERS PETITION THE HERDBOY STAR FOR
A BUMPER HARVEST.
CHARACTERISTIC OF THE STAR FESTIVAL, WHICH IS ESSENTIALLY A
CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL, ARE BAMBOO TREES SET UP IN FRONT OF THE
HOUSES OR BEFORE GARDEN SHRINES, ON WHOSE BRANCHES ARE HUNG LOVE
POEMS WRITTEN ON CARDS, ALSO PAPERS CUT IN THE SHAPE OF KIMINO,
5 COLOR THREADS, PAPER BALLOONS, ETC. ALSO OFFERED TO THE SPIRITS
OF THE TWO ROMANTIC STARS ARE ASSORTED FRUITS, VEGETABLES, CAKES,
AND CANDY.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS WRITTEN IN A LETTER FROM THE INFORMANT WHEN SHE WAS
TELLING ME ABOUT ONE OF THE JAPANESE FESTIVALS. FOR THE
LEGEND, SEE B455.

Data entry tech comment: TANABATA-MATSURI, FEAST OF TANABATA, JULY 7. SPICER, DOROTHY,
BOOK OF FESTIVALS, P. 199.

Where learned: JAPAN ; NAGANO

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse C730.322
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 7
BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Prayer

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JAPANESE FESTIVAL CUSTOM "STAR FESTIVAL"

TANABTA MATSURI (STAR FESTIVAL) AT AKITA IS FAMOUS
FOR THE LANTERN PARADE. A POLE WITH LANTERNS IS
CARRIED ON THE SHOULDER OR THE FOREHEAD OF A YOUNG
BEARER WHO WEARS "HAPPI" (FESTIVAL COAT) AND
HACHI-MAKI (A HEADBAND OF TOWEL). LOTS OF LANTERN
BEARERS FLOCK FROM ALL QUARTERS OF THIS CITY TO
SENSHU PARK WHERE THEY TAKE PART IN THEIR CONTEST.

Data entry tech comment: JULY 7-FESTIVAL OF SAME NAME, NOT SPECIFICALLY AT
KC[ AKITA. DIFFERENT DESCRIPTION, SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS
KC[ OF WEAVING, SEWING, EMBROIDERY, POEM WRITING:
KC[ SPICER, DOROTHY. BOOK OF FESTIVALS, P. 199.
KC[ KATHY LOESER.
CN[ ALTHOFF, ROSEMARY

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 7

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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