In Japan, elementary schools are on summer vacation during late July to the end of August.
During the vacation, "radio gymnastic exercises" are held in public grounds from 6:30 a.m. every morning.
Children, their parents and neighbors gather in the nearby ground and do "radio gymnastic exercises" to the music on the radio.
Children are given attendance cards, and each morning the leader stamps on it.
I felt proud to see stamps filling my card.
A card filled with stamps is a trophy for a child.
Today's entry comes from "Urashima Taro" and "Tanabata".
Urashima-Taro is a popular old story.
Taro Urashima, a young fisherman saved a sea turtle being bullied by children in the beach. The turtle was a daughter of the Dragon God. She took Taro over "Ryugu-jo", a submarine palace of the Dragon God. Taro stays there for three days, when he came back he became an old man standing on the world 300 years later.
Tanabata, literally meaning Evening of the seventh is the Japanese star festival, celebrated on July 7th.
A loving couple, Orihime (vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair) became lazy after the marriage. The emperor in the heaven got angry and separated them by putting on each sides of "Amano-kawa", the Milky Way. Once in a year, magpies fly to the Milky Way to make a bridge for the couple to cross the river.
People celebrate the day by hanging small pieces of papers on bamboo. Wishes and poetry are written in the paper. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanabata
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