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2012/06/26 / Gem R. Zhang

Tanabata Festival at UP Cebu

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With the Japan Festival coming this August… Big (International?) Cosplay events upcoming… And at a school even! A Tanabata Festival~! Wow, first time that I’ve ever heard a Japanese Festival first-hand held at a Cebu university! Ain’t Japanese Culture in Cebu widely practiced? Lovely isn’t it? for Cebuano Japanese Culture fans out there!

The University of the Philippines’ Classical and Modern Japanese Culture Studies Organization proudly presents its Tanabata Festival! This is also an event for welcoming their Freshmen and General Assembly at the same time. So cool and interesting…

Are you interested in Cosplay, Anime, Nihongo, Kimono and other things related to Japan? Then join us and immerse yourselves in the beauty of Japanese culture!

Event: TANABATA FESTIVAL|Nichibunken General Assembly|Freshmen Orientation
Date: July 6, 2012 Friday 5:00PM
Venue: University of the Philippines NSMD Lobby (undergrad)

yet unfortunately though, this event is only open for the UP university’s students. I would have loved to attend…(T-T)
But anyway, let this not be a sad fact but let this be an inspiration to other universities or schools! Personally recommended… because these kind of events will deepen our understanding on how to understand more other nation’s culture thus deepens more the friendship within Japanese and Cebuanos especially.🙂

At this festival… I wonder what’s instore for the participants? Would we be able to write our wishes down as well? ^^

Kudos! and All for the best to the Tanabata Festival and the University of the Philippines~!😀

NOTE:

Tanabata, also known as the “star festival“, takes place on the 7th day of the 7th month of the year, when, according to a Chinese legend, the two stars Altair and Vega, which are usually separated from each other by the milky way, are able to meet.

Because the 7th month of the year roughly coincides with August rather than July according to the formerly used lunar calendar, Tanabata is still celebrated on August 7th in some regions of Japan, while it is celebrated on July 7th in other regions.

One popular Tanabata custom is to write one’s wishes on a piece of paper, and hang that piece of paper on a specially erected bamboo tree, in the hope that the wishes become true.

Colorful Tanabata festivals are held across Japan in early July and August. Among the biggest and most famous ones are the Tanabata Festivals of Sendai in August and Hiratsuka near Tokyo in July.(japan-guide.com)

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  1. kafkasjmusic / Jun 26 2012 6:10 AM

    残念ですね。UPの大学生と以外参加できないね。。。

  2. blissfultea / Jun 26 2012 1:23 PM

    Gem先生ちっす!(・∀・)

    Thanks for featuring our humble event. Our club has been doing it for three years now, i think. It’s not much, but we bring food, and someone brings a bamboo branch since we don’t have those at school ahaha. And yes, we write wishes and hang them on the branch. Some of our members try to wear yukata, too. We haven’t really thought of celebrating it with non-UP people, since it’s just a really small gathering. In Cebuano pa, “inato” ra kaayo. (´・ω・`)

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