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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 11:46 PM
the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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In General star festival sky tenkan Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #71 New 07-03-2011 10:00 AM
star festival sky tenkan
Sendai Tanabata by Ville Misaki used under creative commons licence

In every landscape, the point of astonishment is the meeting of the sky and the earth, and that is seen from the first hillock as well as from the top of the Alleghanies. The stars at night stoop down over the brownest, homeliest common, with all the spiritual magnificence which they shed on the Campagna, or on the marble deserts of Egypt.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays

I remember meeting you in a dark dream
of April, you or some girl,
the necklace of wishes alive and breathing around your throat

John Ashbery, Hop o' My Thumb

the bamboo leaves rustle
traditional Tanabata children's song

Maybe I'm dreaming. My eyes are open, which means maybe I'm awake dreaming that I'm asleep. Or, or more likely, I'm asleep dreaming that I'm awake wondering if I'm dreaming.
Philippe in Ladyhawke

It is Tanabata in Japan this week. Or at least in some parts of Japan. Usually Tanabata is celebrated on 7 July, or in Sendai and some other parts of Japan on 7 August. The Sendai Tanabata is the largest festival. Tanabata is the star festival. It's the next day in the series 1/1, 3/3, 5/5. Children write wishes and hang them.

The original story about the princess and the cowherd came from China. The separated lovers can meet only once a year. In western culture we have had this idea of lovers separated by a spell or a curse or the will of a god since the Greek myths. In films we have it too. In Ladyhawke Lady Isabeau is a hawk during the day and Captain Navarre is a wolf at night so they can never meet.

The word tanabata 七夕 in Japanese is interesting. It used to be read shichi seki seven + evening.

Meeting and joining once a year reminded me of tenkan, the meeting and turning movement in aikido. I wrote an explanation of tenkan here: Tenkan - advanced. I should expand it into a more detailed article. Meanwhile I liked Diana Frese's memory of some advice from Tohei Sensei or Maruyama Sensei about the meaning of tenkan: see your attacker's point of view. If you move so that you are standing together and facing in the same direction the reasons for conflict are cut away.

The connection is precious. Like Tanabata. The one day of the year.

http://akas.imdb.com/title/tt0089457/ Ladyhawke

John Ashbery, Hop o' My Thumb

other poems by John Ashbery

free e-book from project gutenberg
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: second series

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RSS Feed 7 Responses to "star festival sky tenkan"
#7 07-10-2011 08:15 AM
niall Says:
Thank you, Diana. That's great to hear.
#6 07-09-2011 08:04 AM
Diana Frese Says:
Thanks, Carina, your additions are always inspiring!
#5 07-09-2011 08:02 AM
Diana Frese Says:
Hi, Niall, I'm glad you liked the quote, I've found it very useful and found your tenkan link with much to study from now on. I am enjoying the cultural links too, I read a lot many years ago and have re-started thanks to your writings
#4 07-04-2011 08:24 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Carina. I think the Lafcadio Hearn link at project gutenberg is probably safer: The Romance of the Milky Way.
#3 07-03-2011 01:43 PM
guest1234567 Says:
(cont) But then god decided that no love can be impossible, so he created the eclipse.Since then sun and moon are waiting for that moment, when they are together in the eclipse
#2 07-03-2011 01:43 PM
guest1234567 Says:
(cont)illuminate the night, both were sad, because they could never meet. When the sun strong and lonely saw the moon so sad he asked god for help, so god created the stars to accompany the moon. It is said that the order of god was that the moon must always be full and round, but as a woman she has her fases, when she is happy she is full, but when she is unhappy diminishing.
#1 07-03-2011 01:40 PM
guest1234567 Says:
Thanks Niall, what I like most of this post is the relation to tenkan and the meaning(Tohei S. or Maruyama S.) But it is excellent altogether! L.Hearn wrote a story about Tanabata "The Romance of the Milky Way". I remember another nice story, but I didn't find it in english, so I summarize, before the world existed the sun and the moon were in love, but god decided that the sun must shine on the day and the moon

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