Looking around Tokyo last week it was great to see Tanabata celebrated in many different ways in different places.
At Tokyo Disneyland, of course, the theme of the Japanese star festival blended in perfectly with with the American themed Cinderella castle and the song ‘a dream is a wish your heart makes.’
I wonder what Walt Disney himself would have made of this lovely connection with an ancient festival?
It didnt matter that the Tanabata Tree was not a new Disney ride or even a cuddle with Mickey Mouse, it was synoymous with ‘Wish Upon a Star’ and that warranted the enormous queue.
Adults and kids lined up for hours to have their photo taken in front of a special Tanabata wish tree at the entrance to Disney. But the wait was of course worth it! I hope!Tokyo Disneyland does have a Japanese flavour!
To celebrate the festival of Tanabata, messages are typically written on small long slips of coloured paper and attached to bamboo.
Disney modified this tradition by offering Mickey Mouse shaped paper to people wanting to wish. These pieces of paper, on which wishes or even poetry are written, are called ‘tanzaku’ in Japanese.
This was my wish …….
What was your wish for Tanabata?