Here it is Monday night...I last posted on Thursday night...so, is it my imagination or have I lost a few days?!?! I think that next year, around the 4th of July, I will make an effort to NOT read blogs....don't get me wrong...I enjoyed everyone's post of the fireworks, the BBQs, the fun and frivolity...even reading about the hangovers felt by many on the 5th....but...by Saturday night, I found myself in a bit of a funk....I haven't been in the States for the 4th since the year I left to come here....1991. Oh, yeah, we have fireworks here...and we can have BBQs and I can even have a hangover the next day...but...it's. just. not. the. same.
I tried to explain to my students how special a day this is.....it is a day for Americans. All Americans. It's just a great day to be in the United States. And...I had a bit of a pity-party, not a big one, mind you, but...I'm okay now. "Shake it off, Debbie." And I did!!
Let's see....Sunday (I guess it is official as all of my students told me this today) was the last day of "the rainy season". Usually, it doesn't end until about the 18th or 20th of July....I wondered that, since the rainy season was over early, would that also mean that fall would come sooner than usual?!?! hahahahahaha.....there I go again...working on the Positive Thinking!! (a sweaty girl with hair that does NOT like the summer humidity can dream!!)
Today...July 7, is the annual tanabata festival...or "star festival". If you want to read more on this festival that originates from China, go here....Wikipedia has a really good explanation...or, you can read on and I'll do my best. This festival celebrates the annual meeting of the two stars, Altair and Vega who were separated by the Milky Way...they can meet once a year...and so it is a festival of hopes and dreams. Here in Japan, people write their dreams on pieces of paper and hang them in bamboo branches along with other decorations. You can find branches, beautifully decorated all over the city...in stores, small shops...along the sides of the road...in people's houses.
At Koji's daycare...each group decorated their own bamboo branch....Koji's wish was to "be strong like the Masked Rider" (a super-hero here in Japan!!)....obviously, little boys can dream, too!!
Oh!! Speaking of Koji.....on Friday...his birthday...we did indeed go out for yakitori!!! He was a happy camper!!!
Let's just say, that she was always the youngest mom of all my classmates' moms. Now...when people say we look like sisters....I always laugh and say "that probably makes her much happier than it does me"...but....not really...I think she's beautiful, so I take that as a compliment of the highest regard!!!
So...Mother Dear...here's a little something for you....enjoy!!