Starcrossed Day is coming up!

The starcrossed day cutout

The starcrossed day cutout

As some of you may know, July 7 is a holiday in the Japanese version of Animal Crossing. I’ll be opening up Kasen to celebrate. Tentatively scheduled for Monday, July 7 10am PST (GMT-8) until noon. As always I will happily open up again later in the afternoon or evening. Just comment or send me a tweet. Isabelle will be handing out bamboo grass for the holiday and you can stop by and pick one up.

I thought I would give you a little background on the holiday by translating one of the stories from my Japanese class. BTW I hate the translation of the holiday as starcrossed day in ACNL since the event is technically supposed to be in the evening…

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七夕, Starcrossed Day

The seventh day of the seventh month is starcrossed day. This is the story of starcrossed day.

Long long ago there lived a god in the heavens. He had one daughter. Her name was Orihime. Orihime was very diligent. Every day she got up very early and weaved.

One day the god thought “Orihime has become an adult. She should get married.”

The god found a diligent man. He lived on the other side of the milky way and he was named Hikoboshi. Hikoboshi raised cows and worked in the field.

Orihime and Hikoboshi were married. The two grew to love each other very much. They were always together and they didn’t work at all.

The god became angry. But the two still didn’t work.

The god became very angry and he took Orihime back home. The two was separated. Orihime wanted to meet with Hikoboshi and she cried every day.

The god took pity on the couple and he said “Orihime, Hikoboshi, you may meet once a year on the night of the seventh day of the seventh month. Orihime, on that day you may cross the milky way, but you must return by morning.”

Once a year on the evening of starcrossed day Orihime and Hikoboshi meet. The couple’s wish was realized.

On that day, people write down their wishes on colored strips of paper and tie them to bamboo grass. It is said that on starcrossed day people’s wishes will be realized. Some children write “I want to get good grades”. Some people write “I want to meet someone great”. What would you write as your starcrossed day wish?

And now you know the story behind the bamboo grass.

And now you know the story behind the bamboo grass.

11 thoughts on “Starcrossed Day is coming up!

  1. I finally figured out how to register to leave a comment. Thanks for sharing the story! I’ll try to come by if I can get away from work long enough to go to a wifi point – we have one person out next week.

  2. Hi MerryNoel. 🙂 I just realized that I have Japanese class Monday evening, so I won’t be home until after 9-ish PST. If you’re on/still up then I’d be happy to open up again.

  3. I would also love to visit Kasen tomorrow! I’m a fellow ACUKEr and I was also over in your town last year for the event. Would be glad to come over around that time and spend some time celebrating the event! Looking back at some of my in-game photos, I think that’s me in your first picture there with the cardboard cutout!

  4. I have to attend a birthday party today, so I can only stay for half an hour or so, but I am nonetheless very excited to see everyone in Kasen! xo

  5. Too bad about the crash – but I still had some fun! Hope everyone is safe from Drago!

  6. Thanks! I tried at lunch today but McDonalds wifi wouldn’t connect. I’ll check again tonight after 9-ish to see if you are on, but if you are too tired after class, that’s fine. There’s always next year, right? 🙂

  7. Thanks so much for opening up late! And for the gifts! Merry is a happy mayor tonight!

  8. Yay! I’m so happy we were finally able to meet up. My class got out a little late, so I missed my train and got home later than I anticipated. I was worried I would miss you.

  9. Euphy, I’m not convinced that Drago didn’t cause that crash. LOL. Angry dragon! I’ll try to stuff him full of fruit before Obon (8/15) and see if I can get him napping so he doesn’t chase the guests. 😉 It was good to see you and your dress was adorable!

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