Have you heard about the Star Festival, called Tanabata? Tanabata is originally one of the looms that chosen girls used to weave kimono for God. Those kimono were laid for good harvest and cleansing.
After Buddhism was brought to Japan, we have got Obon, "Japanese Halloween" where we welcome Gods and our ancestors' spirits in mid August. Thus, this event started to be taken place before Obon to prepare. It is set on the 7th of July and "Tanabata" is literally written "7th evening".
Now, let me introduce a very nice story to you. I wrote about the origin of Tanabata but why do we call it "the Star Festival"? On the 7th of July in Lunar calendar, Vega of Lyra and Altair of Aquila shine the most at the both end of Lactic Way as if they are trying to let each other know their existence.
Therefore, we believe those two can see each other somewhere in Lactic Way on this day. Romantic, isn't it?!
From this story of Vega and Altair, people consider Tanabata is the day when our wish comes true. As you can see in the picture, we write our wish on the colorful papers and hang them on bamboo trees. This is today very common event so you can see this everywhere around Tanabata (I know this is not very nice though, it's also really interesting to read what others wrote there...).
Which wish would you like to write on the paper? Ours is to make you enjoy shopping with us more! To make it come true, we prepared the special event for Tanabata Star Festival :) Please check the event details below and enjoy!
Japanese food is now a big trend all over the world. I'd say the most famous and popular one is especially sushi. Do you know there are some types for sushi, for instance, nigiri or rolls? In this blog, I'd like to introduce a great film that allows you to easily make sushi rolls. Put inside what you like and enjoy!
Have you ever heard about "Hangiri" (or "Handai")? This is one of essential cookware for traditional Japanese restaurants to make Japanese cuisine, especially sushi. Once you understand its functionality, merit or maintenance, this magical tub helps you to make upgraded Japanese food.
Obon period is like “Buddhist version Halloween” because it's said that our ancestors’ spirits come home during this week. Many of families gather to welcome them or visit their grave to let them know we are doing well and remember them. Let's see how we spend the week! Please note that we will close from 10th to 15th.