Term 3, 2021. lesson 1

Lesson Preparation: Print 1x wish strip per child. Print ‘Tanabata language focus posters’ and have these on display.

Paper for decorations

Tanabata - Star festival

July 7th.

'Tanabata' festival in Japan.

According to an ancient legend, wishes come true during Tanabata, Japan's summer "Star Festival", which occurs every year on the seventh day of the seventh month (those following the lunar calendar observe in August, but people in the U.S. celebrate in July.) On that day, festival-goers write their wishes on a colorful piece of paper called tanzaku and tie it to a branch of a bamboo tree.

Although the legend varies slightly from region to region, it is celebrated all over Japan. The story goes that Hikoboshi, the star of Altair, and Orihime, the star of Vega, are two lovers separated by the Milky Way. Orihime was a skilled weaver, but because she spent most of her time weaving, she had no time to find love. Her father, Emperor Tentei, saw how sad she was about this and arranged a marriage for her with Hikoboshi. But now Orihime had no time to weave because of her newfound love, so Tentei forbid the two from seeing each other, except for one day a year as long as they wished hard enough every other day. Tanabata celebrates the lovers’ reuniting.

Tanabata story

Tanabata 2021.pptx

Tanabata powerpoint

Tanabata story senior.docx

Tanabata story line

Please print out 1x (A3 in colour) Tanabata story line sheet then displayed.


Children can make tanzaku - wish strips. Using the modelled sentences provided in the powerpoint they can choose to make a wish about something they would like, somewhere they would like to visit or what they would like to be in the future. Children can then decorate their strips and hang these on their Tanabata tree Tanabata trees are traditionally bamboo but any tree will do or you may choose to hang them in a special place in your classroom.

Once children have completed their tanzaku they may like to create some tanabata decorations.

Tanabata wish example.pdf

Tanabata language forcus posters

Please print out in A3 then displayed.

Tanabata wish sheet.pdf

tanabata wish strip

Please print out then cut a strip.