Monday, July 1st, 2013
Tanabata Craft: Wish Tree (Tanzaku)
Tanabata Craft-Tanzaku/David Gee
Tanabata is the Japanese star festival. It’s a time when people make wishes for the year ahead. All wishes are written out and hung in bright colors on a bamboo branch. This festival is so colorful and vibrant, just have a look at some of these pictures from one person’s home in Okinawa for Tanabata.
2. Once all the paper is cut, have your child punch a hole in the top of each piece.
3. Together with your child, make some wishes. You can wish for anything at all. Write one wish down on each strip of paper.
4. Have your child help put the string through the punched holes. Tie the string into a knot.
5. Hang your wishes onto your bamboo (or other tree) branch together with your child.
And violà! Now you have your very own Tanabata tree!
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