11-09-2003, 05:00 PM
I know this might sound a little strange, but does anyone have any good ideas for a really Japanese cosplay? Maybe not even anime related? Maybe a traditional folktale? ^^; Thanks anyways!
11-09-2003, 05:33 PM
Have you heard of Tanabata? From Japan-guide.com:
The star festival (Tanabata) takes place on July 7. On this day two stars (Altair and Vega) that are usually separated from each other by the milky way, come together.
In the night of July 7, people put little bamboo trees in their garden. They also hang papers with wishes written on it on that tree in the hope they become true.
It's based on a myth about Orihime and Kengyu. In Japan, the star Vega is often called Orihime Boshi (Weaving Princess Star), and Altair is often called Kengyuu Boshi or Hiko Boshi (Puller of Cows Star).
The story goes like this:
Members of royalty were, of course, associated with the heavens; Tentei (the emperor) being centered at the North Pole. One day, the emperor's daughter, Orihime, was sitting beside the river of heaven (Milky Way). She had been weaving because her father, the emperor loved the beautiful clothes that she made. On this particular day, she was very sad because she realized that she had been so busy that she didn't have time to fall in love. Her father, Tentei, the ruler of the heavens, felt sorry for her and arranged a marriage with Kengyuu (who lived across the river, the Milky Way). Their marriage was one of sweetness and happiness from the start; and everyday thereafter they grew happier and happier. But Tentei became very angry, because in spending so much time in her happy marriage, Orihime was neglecting her weaving. Tentei decided to separate the couple, so he placed them back in their original places, separated by the Milky Way. On only one night of the year would he allow them to meet, the 7th day of the 7th month. Every year on that day, from the mouth of the river (the Milky Way), the boatman (of the moon) comes to ferry Orihime over to her beloved Kengyuu. But if Orihime has not done her weaving to the best of her skills and ability, Tentei may make it rain. When it rains, the boatman will not come (because the river is flooded). However, in such a case, Kasasagi (a group of magpies) may still fly to the Milky Way to make a bridge for Orihime to cross.
In modern celebrations of Tanabata, people throughout Japan write wishes (generally for themselves or relatives) to Orihime on colorful strips of paper. On the evening of Tanabata, they tie these paper wishes to freshly cut bamboo.
It would be cute if you and a girl dressed up as Orihime and Kengyu. You could wear really ornate kimono covered in stars and designs like that, and you could have some sort of shepherd equipment, and she, weaving. Or you could have bamboo with little notes tied on. :]