Star Festival

Today is the Star Festival in Japan. It’s based on a forbidden love
story between Altair and Vega, who are allowed to meet each other by
crossing the Milky Way once a year on the seventh of July. We celebrate
it by decorating a bamboo tree with paper ornaments. Among the ornaments
are slips of colored paper on which we write our wishes. After the
festival, they are taken into a river that is believed to be connected
to the Milky Way for this particular occasion, where the written wishes
come true. The last time I wrote my wish and floated the slip into a
river was when I was nineteen. Since I had already started my career as a
singer-songwriter, I wished to be successful someday. It seems that my
wish slip hasn’t reached the Milky Way yet in spite of this many years’

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