For the past six years I have celebrated Tanabata with the children of Willowbrook, where I work every summer. We always have the campers write wishes and make origami ornaments to hung on bamboo for Tanabata. One year we even did a skit about the legend of Tanabata.
Here are some wishes that our campers made this year.
|"Be good at math" (left), "Beautiful planet" (right)|
|"Good health" (left), "I want a dog" (center), |
"Peace at home (right)
|"I wish the event at Japanese Garden will go well"|
It seemed that my wish had come true. The event was full of people and fun. I received some positive feedback.
|my demo table|
|lotus flowers, lily pads and frog that I folded and displayed.|
|lotus flowers with fairy berries look like these in dark.|
During my break, I enjoyed kami-shibai by Michiko Kornhauser. Kami-shibai, which literally means "paper-theater" is a Japanese tradition of illustrated storytelling. The illustrations for this kami-shibai, drawn in chalk pastels by George Katagiri were very beautiful.
The guitar music by Toshi Onizuka was also very beautiful. Thanks to his music I was able to stay calm and in good mood during the event. I will definitely need to purchase his CDs.
I got to browse around the garden for a little while, before and after the event.
|Traditional kusudama in display, not made by me.|
|I wore a vintage floral skirt I found at Lodekka. |
Some of the flowers on the skirt are star shaped,
Isn't it appropriate?
|koi in the pond|
|iris flowers were still blooming|