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Tanabata, known to children and families all over Japan, honors the tale of Orihime and Hikoboshi, forbidden to see each other except on this day. The two were brought together by Orihime’s father, but then separated when Orihime no longer had time to weave the beautiful cloth that her father loved so much. He gave in when he saw how unhappy she was, and allowed Orihime and Hikoboshi to see each other once a year if she wove the cloth the rest of the days. Whether they are able to meet on this the 7th day of the 7th month, is determined by the weather.
On this day, we write down our own wishes on colorful paper (known as tanzaku) as we hope for the two lovers to meet. Today’s Doodle honors the Tanabata tradition with its own tanzaku for Orihime and Hikoboshi. May they meet again this year!