I'm Chantal, I live in Italy and I speak English, French and Japanese basic level.
I'm madly in love with Japan and everything about it. I try to express my love for Japanese culture in this blog.
It is celebrated today in Japan, “The Feast of the elderly” (敬老の日, Keiro No Hi). The day for respect for the elderly is a national holiday since 1966. Usually celebrated on September 15, falls on the third Monday in September. On this day people do thanks and prayers for the elderly, have recently been introduced also nice gifts and doodles of children to their grandparents or even official recognition of the government in particular elderly centenarians. In addition, Japan is the country’s longest running in the world and employs more than 30,000 centenarians!
This is the most romantic of summer festivals. According to an ancient parchment, would be the only day in which two stars in love “Vega” and “Altair” can meet along the Milky Way. The legend says that Orihime(Vega), daughter of Emperor of Heaven, had always woven fabrics for the clothes of celestial deities. When he met the pastor Hikoboshi(Altair) the girl forgot all duty and surrendered completely to love. The gods went to furious protest at the Heavenly Emperor, who decided that the two lovers would be able to meet one night a year, on the bridge of the Milky Way, only if the sky was clear. On that night that night, flocks of birds in flight reach the Milky Way, forming a bridge with their wings so that the two lovers can walk the two opposite shores of Heaven and reunite. So it was that the ladies of ancient Japan, to propitiate the good weather, began to write poems and cards to hang in the branches of bamboo, believing that it would be fulfilled. For the same reason kids and adults still hanging, the same branches, colorful tickets and confidently express their desires.