Flowers and Ikebana

Ikebana for Tanabata

Yesterday was a special day here in Japan as people celebrated the Tanabata (Star Festival) which means “Evening of the Seventh.” This is a celebration which commemorates the story of two lover deities Orihime and Hikoboshi who were separated and were only allowed to meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month (July 7). Nowadays, Japanese people especially the children celebrate this day by writing their wishes on small pieces of paper and then hang them on a bamboo tree. The bamboo and the decorations were often set afloat on a river or burned at midnight or the following day to resemble the ritual during Obon, Japanese custom of honoring the spirits of their ancestors.

Yesterday, I decided to make an Ikebana using the same materials such as bamboo and paper. This is my way of celebrating this special day and of sending my wishes to the heavens. For my arrangement, I used a bamboo grass which is smaller then the usual bamboo and decorated it with silver and gold paper strings. I put some orange Stargazers and pink Lisianthus as additional adornments. I put the arrangement in a shallow round container to represent the moon.

My Ikebana to celebrate Tanabata
My Ikebana to celebrate Tanabata

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