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Flying colors

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

I walked through Little Tokyo yesterday and was lucky enough to see people preparing for the Tanabata Festival. Everywhere I looked, beautiful paper lanterns were hung, its tail rustling gorgeously as the wind picked up.

A festival adapted from a Chinese festival, Tanabata commemorates the romance of lovers who can only meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar (according to Wikipedia). It's a romantic thought, but even without it, I would happily wander gazing at the lanterns.

Some of the lanterns were shipped from Sendai in Japan (yes, that tsunami-struck Sendai), some of them were created by the local community. I love the detail on each of them. Catch the festival opening today in Little Tokyo. Details here.

Some of the "tails" are intricately folded cranes!

This one had bells that tinkled softly every time the wind picked up


This little kid was having so much fun.


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