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Thursday October 23rd 2014

Tanabata, Disney

Tanabata Mickey Style
Tanabata Mickey Tanzaku

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?

Disney Tanabata
Disney Tanabata

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!

At the Tanabata Tree
Mickey Mouse Tanabata Tree
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.

A Wishing Star ? Or Mickey Face
A Wishing Star ? Or Mickey Face

This was my wish …….

I wish I wish
I wish I wish

What was your wish for Tanabata?

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7 Comments for “Tanabata, Disney”

  • Kimonobox says:

    Yes there is a lot of Cosplay at Disney – it adds to the atmosphere – in a nice way – sorry for the characters down the bottom of the comments before – it seems to have sorted itself – I was trying out a plugin that was causing issues with dates and some text ….

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  • whipcracker says:

    RT @KimonoBox: How many Mickeys brand a brunch? | Japan | kimonobox.com http://bt.io/4Gi Mickey Disney timeless tradition.
    It all =Epic Win.:)
    How far away do you live from Tokyo Disney? Yes you should get some shares for as many times that you’ve been there. Disney stock is selling at $25.14/share USD.
    I really do miss going to DisneyWorld. It’s such a magical place, when you go there you can forget all about your troubles, and be a kid again……”When You Wish Upon a Star…” No matter how many times you go there you will always find something new to see and do.
    Great article.

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  • kimonobox says:

    organise site, write post, go to gym, tune into @japandiscovered, do some work; looking forward to the weekend http://bit.ly/XIKKA

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  • puffdragon01 says:

    RT @KimonoBox: Wish Upon a Star | kimonobox.com http://bt.io/1tF

    This comment was originally posted on Twitter

  • whipcracker says:

    AS Jimmney Cricket would say….”When You Wish Upon A Star, Makes no difference Where You Are”…
    Would really like to visit Disney Japan one day,. And I think that Walt is smiling down upon everyone there.
    Did you know that at Disney Land and World that they built a room for walt in Cinderrellas castle for him to stay in when he visited?
    Btw that is a very colorful area, looked like everyone had a great time.

  • Whipcracker says:

    RT @KimonoBox: Disney Maids? | kimonobox.com http://bt.io/2o2 Disney,cosplay=epic win. I guess being at Disney is like a giant cosplay event. With all the characters they have on the grounds,to mingle with all the guests. I really miss going to Disney world,

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