Sunday, July 8, 2012

Tanabata in Blue


 Today was a rainy Tanabata in Tokyo.


 My friend and I went to Tokyo Tower for the special Tanabata lights. We didn't know that there was also a special campaign that people who came wearing yukatas could get to the observatory for free...! Therefore, there were tons of people in line to go up the elevator for the view.




 Many girls and some guys wearing yukatas.


 I don't own a yukata and have never worn one, but I'd like to try one day! They look so beautiful and have such a summery feel.


 A couple embracing under the Tanabata lights while gazing at the view from inside Tokyo Tower.

There are many different versions of the traditional story associated with Tanabata, but one of the most famous involves Orihime, a weaving princess, and Hikoboshi, a cow herder. Thanks to Orihime's dad, who got pissed off at his daughter for slacking on her weaving after she fell head over heels in love with the dashing Mr. Hikoboshi, the two are now only allowed to meet one day a year, on the 7th day of the 7th month. Furthermore, if it rains on that day, apparently the two can't meet and have to wait all the way until next year.

How messed up is that?! Well, it was rainy today, but around 9 or 10 pm it cleared up. So maybe the two got to meet up for about two hours? And furthermore, Orihime's dad sounds like an overly strict and possessive parent... isn't it okay for her to go pursue her own life after she's all grown up and married her guy? She can do other stuff than just sit around and weave all day, right? Well, I guess roles were more firmly set in those days, and obedience was more key. Hikoboshi should also learn to swim and cross the Amanogawa to be with his lady.

If it were me, I don't think I could deal with meeting my partner only one day out of the year. Even if we emailed, chatted online, and used all the technology available these days... I think that to truly know a person, there is something about being there in person with them. Being next to them, breathing the same air and sharing the same space, feeling the touch of their skin.
Orihime must have a really steadfast kind of love. But I bet she still really misses her Hikoboshi. 
Or maybe the two of them have already snuck off together since a long time ago, leaving just the story to giggle at as they watch down from the sky on the humans celebrating Tanabata.