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Tanabata (second draft)

•On a sunny summer evening, as I look at the sky at the many stars near the river of light where God lives, I am reminded of the story of Tanabata.
•Now, long time ago, the only daughter of God, named Princess Ori worked hard making kimonos.  It was a step-by-step process, so it took a very long time to make the beautiful clothes.
•Now, God saw that she was a hard worker, but knew she must be lonely.  So, he created an opportunity for her to meet Hiko.  His job was to watch over the cows of the Milky Way.
•When the two met, it was love at first sight.
•Now, the two got married.  They had too much fun and soon neglected their responsibilities.
•The kimonos were getting old and tattered, and the cows were not attended to.
•So, God did the only thing he knew was best.  He divided the two lovers into two parts of the Milky Way.  One in the east, and the other to the west.
•Seeing what he had done, God saw that his daughter was extremely sad.
•So, he decided that once a year, on July 7, Ori and Hiko could meet.
•Ori was very happy, very happy indeed.
•She worked very hard, as did Hiko.  They had something to look forward to, the one day they could meet.
•The two go to the meeting place on the bridge, in which the magpie created, between them.  However, if it rains the water level rises too much and they are not able to cross over.

About charleswinstead

having lived in japan for 3.5 years i wish to "go back to the island" as often as i can. i lived from 1999-2003. i went back in 2007, then again in 2011. i am a full time teacher, so the best time to go for me is during the summer vacation. it works out well because i love the sensational feelings i get in japan during the summer...especially playing taiko and eating lots of ma-cha ice.

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