Temple KUKURI Fundraising Event
STAR-PRAYER Festival and Tea Party
"when you wish upon a star"
Tanabata Festival Week:
TANABATA DECORATION WEEK:
Monday, August 13 to Friday, August 17th.
Please to bring your own Origami decorations and Tanzaku/prayer
papers to Temple KUKURI during this week and feel free to decorate
our bamboos out side of our building.
DECORATION ORIGAMI CRAFT DAY:
Thursday, August 16th 7pm to 8pm.
During our Tea Meditation Circle, we will be making making origami decorations
and write prayer papers. Please join us. ( free for members and $5-$10 donation
for non-members). Please bring your own scissors.
Saturday, August 18th 12pm to 4pm
Perfect for kids and adults. Please come anytime during this hours. Please bring your own
Tea Party: Friday, August 17th 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Fee:$35/Associate member*, $45/Non-Associate member
Reservation is required. Open to public.
required. ($10 non-refundable registration fee once your payment is made.)
Payment: cash, check, PayPal () or credit card (reserve through
This is a Unique fundraising Tea Tasting Party which you can taste a few different kinds of
carefully selected organic summer teas from Japan along with traditional & modern authentic
style confections and Zen style meal*. There will be a meditative tea ceremony and prayer
time at the end in our beautiful tea room. Guests will be making traditional origami decorations
and Tanzaku/prayer papers for bamboos.
What is Tanabata/Star-Prayer Festival?
Tanabata is a Japanese tradition in which people write their wishes on small, colorful strips of papers and hang them on bamboo branches. The Japanese term for these papers is tanzaku. Alternatively, some people also decorate bamboo branches with various kinds of paper decorations and place them outside of their houses. Tanabata celebrates a number of different concepts, including love, wishes, playfulness and beauty, all while explaining the constellations.
The Origin of Tanabata
It's said that the origin of Tanabata, which is also known as the Star Festival, dates back to more than 2,000 years ago. Its roots are described in an old Chinese tale. According to the tale, once there was a weaver princess named Orihime and a cow herder prince named Hikoboshi living in space. After they got together, they played all the time and began to neglect their work. This angered the king, who separated them on opposite sides of the Amanogawa River (Milky Way) as punishment.
The king relented somewhat and allowed Orihime and Hikoboshi to see each other once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar. Tanabata literally means the night of the seventh. The Japanese believe that Orihime and Hikoboshi can't see each other if the weather is rainy, so it's customary to pray for good weather on this day and also to make wishes.
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