Tanabata festival 七夕 - celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively) in Japan. According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. On 7th July, Japanese celebrate this day by writing wishes or poems on Tanzaku (small piece of paper) and hanging them on bamboo.

Tanabata festival 七夕 - celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively) in Japan. According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. On 7th July, Japanese celebrate this day by writing wishes or poems on Tanzaku (small piece of paper) and hanging them on bamboo.

I have long noticed and wondered about the "banners" that hang, most noticeably to me, in Japanese restaurants, both outside & at the entrance to a kitchen. It appears they are called "noren" & their practicable use is as a room divider anywhere, not just for shops or places one cooks, though at the entrance to a kitchen is usually to contain smells & smoke. I am all the more inspired & would love to make one for the entrance to my kitchen! Maybe a pattern or painting w/ some kanji or…

I have long noticed and wondered about the "banners" that hang, most noticeably to me, in Japanese restaurants, both outside & at the entrance to a kitchen. It appears they are called "noren" & their practicable use is as a room divider anywhere, not just for shops or places one cooks, though at the entrance to a kitchen is usually to contain smells & smoke. I am all the more inspired & would love to make one for the entrance to my kitchen! Maybe a pattern or painting w/ some kanji or…

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