ご挨拶 Greetings

ご挨拶 「 七夕 」夏至〜小暑 Greeting " Tanabata " From Summer Solstice to Slight Heat*






Most Japanese people look forward to seeing the Milk Way on July 7th, the day of Tanabata.  However, it is still rainy season on the day of the new calendar so it is hard to see the stars because of the clouds.  The new calendar is about one month earlier than the old one, so we must wait for a while to see the starry sky.

When it comes to Tanabata, “The city flourishing during Tanabata Festival (市中繁栄七夕祭) is famous art of the Edo period.  It is one of the series “One Hundred famous views of Edo” that is painted by Hiroshige Utagawa.  The painting is a view of the city of Edo from a slightly raised angle.  There are numerous bamboo with their wishes on paper strips above countless roofs.  In the middle of the picture, Mt. Fuji looms in the distance as if it symbolizes the developed Edo city.  The lively drawing seems likely to leak the bustle of the city.

In the Heian period (784-1185), the aristocrats were written their wishes on the leaf of paper mulberry and decorated five-colored threads on the day of Tanabata.  In the Edo period (1603-1867), the Tanabata festival entered into society, and the general public started to write their wishes on the five-colored paper ornaments.  The Tanabata was held between summer and autumn in the past, but now, it is held as a mid-summer event.

At Kashiwaya, we prepare summer cuisine with five-colored paper ornaments.  Please enjoy the summer tastes: pike conger, ayu, and so on.

*Summer Solstice/ Slight Heat: The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms. “Summer Solstice” is the 10th solar term and starts from June 21st. “Slight Heat” is the 11th solar term and starts from July 7th.



〒565-0851 大阪府吹田市千里山西2丁目5番18号

2-5-18 Senriyama-nishi, Suita, Osaka 565-0851 Japan


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