Tanabata Star Festival and Japanese Koto Performance

Make a Wish at “Tanabata” Japanese Star Festival and enjoy Koto mini concert!
 
JASGA cultural and educational program series in July 2018 will present Japanese Tanabata star festival and Koto performance.
 
Tanabata (七夕) literary means "Evening of the seventh", also known as the Japanese Star Festival.  It celebrates the meeting of Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair). They are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. According to folklore story, the Milky Way separates this loving couple.   
 
Tanabata is celebrated every year on July 7 in Japan (or August 7 in some places).  It's said that your wishes will come true if you write them down on strips of paper called tanzaku and hang them on bamboo branches. At kindergartens and elementary schools, children together with adults celebrate Tanabata by hanging tanzaku with their wishes - such as "I want to become good at soccer" or "I want to travel around the world." Children look forward to this special day as a sign that summer has truly arrived.  When this time of year comes around, people write their wishes on strips of paper and hang them on bamboo trees, along with decorations
 
We will make Tanzaku paper to make a wish, write it down, and hang it on a bamboo tree. Send your wishes off into the sky through this ancient Tanabata ritual.
 
Japanese students from APU (the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University) will be helping us with the Tanabata event.
 
JASGA also presents a short concert featuring the Japanese traditional musical instruments, koto (Japanese harp) right after the Tanabata festival.  
 
The featured performer is Ms.Chie Oritaki from Japan. This is a rare opportunity to see an intimate Japanese traditional musical performance in Austin.
 
About Chie Oritaki
Chie Oritaki is a sophomore at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in the city of Beppu, Japan.  She started to play koto at age 6. She was a member of the Koto Club in high school.  In 2014, her group were semifinalists at the National Competition in Japan.  She has performed at various events including concerts and local festivals in Tokyo, Sagamigahara, Yamanashi, and Beppu.
 
Join us and let's celebrate the Tanabata Star Festival together and enjoy Koto mini concert at Kinokuniya Austin! 
 
Open to the public, kids friendly, and free event!
Donations are welcome and greatly appreciated!!!.
 
This event is held in cooperation with: ANA (All Nippon Airways), Center for Global Initiatives at St. Edwards University, and Kinokuniya Austin
 
July 6th, 2018 7:00 PM
6929 Airport Blvd #121,
Kinokuniya Austin
Austin, TX 78752
United States

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