SIZE 21 inch x 16 inch (51cm x 41cm)
Saturday, 3 July 2021
It’s time of the Tanabata season (or so called a Star Festival) again. The legendary ill-fate two lovers, Orihime (weaving princess) and Hikoboshi (cowherd man) who were forced to separate by the Milky Way, get to meet once a year solely on the night of the 7th day of the 7th lunar month. Their precious rendezvous across the Milky Way is celebrated by the well-wishers beneath the sky too. As a child, we were all taught to write down absolutely any wishes and dreams we had on the bright colour tanzaku (skinny rectangle shape paper) and hang them on the bamboo trees for them to be granted!
This peculiar concept that due to someone else’s auspicious occasion in the night sky will suddenly cause the entire population of Japan to be blessed and any wishes to be come true may be strange to grown ups. However, to the unsullied, innocent children, this golden opportunity must not slip away. Regardless of the spurious idea, ‘one night only’ of the year gazing up the night sky seems so romantic and it still inspires me today so that I have created my version of a tanabata episode.
I have not looked into the anecdote of this romanticised tale much, as far as I am aware the original story was told in China then eventually Japan adapted and moulded it into a Japan’s own style which was added to many different regional festivals. So basically two lovers are representing two stars called Vega and Altair. These stars form a bright triangle shape together with another star in the summer night sky. Unfortunately there are too many street lights that would obstruct my stargazing possibility where I live. Maybe one day I will live in the country side. Maybe, never know.