Friday, July 06, 2007

celebrating seven

Not only is today the 7th day of the 7th month of the 7th year, it's also our 7th Wedding Anniversary*! We did choose the day on purpose back in 2000 when we got married, not simply because it's easy to remember but because in Japan it's the festival of Tanabata**.
The festival celebrates the meeting of Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair). Based on an old Chinese legend, the 2 stars fell in love but were separated by The Milky Way and they are allowed to meet only once a year. This special day is the seventh day of the seventh month. (click HERE for the full story)

*The picture was taken on May 5th, 2001. Confused? We were officially married in Japan 7 years ago today, then had a wedding in Canada the following May for friends and family there.
**The reason behind my choice of online name.

22 comments:

  1. The whole country of Japan has a festival dedicated to YOU??

    WAY COOL!! *huge grin*

    (Anniversary congrats!)

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  2. That is why!! How sweet. Hubby and I became sweethearts on Tanabata day too =) We got married July 14 though we would like to on the 7th...work sked blah.

    Happy Anniversary!! Now you're off with the seven year itch! (just kidding!!)

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  3. Happy Anniversary!!! Here's to many, many more! And, at least from the back, your gown was gorgeous!!!

    Our 7th is coming up soon too. My, how time flies.

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  4. Happy Anniversary, Tanabata!

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  5. Congratulations!!!!

    What a gorgeous photo!

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  6. My very best wishes for many, many more happy celebrations on this day! Congratulations.

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  7. Congrats on 7 years--hope there's no itch! Happy Anniversary!

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  8. Happy Anniversary!! Is that one of your wedding photos? I love the reasoning behind your choice of wedding date. Wishing both of you many happy returns of the day.

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  9. Happy Anniversary!! Congrats!

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  10. Thanks to all of you! :)

    Grace, Happy Anniversary to you too, soon.

    Heather, yes the time certainly has flown by. And thank you.

    Nancy, yes it's one of our wedding photos. I scanned it into the computer. Most of the photos were in colour but our photographer shot a roll of B&W too for a few arty shots. I love B&W wedding pictures- so timeless! :)

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  11. Congrats! I always wondered about your name.

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  12. Hope you guys had a wonderful day! Happy Anniversary!!

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  13. Awww, I love this post and pic and the story and everything. Lovely lovely!

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  14. Congratulations! My husband and I were married 07/07/01. It must've been the hottest day of the year. You, however, look smashing. It's neat to share the same anniversary date!

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  15. Thanks you guys! :)

    Bellezza, How fun! I always forget birthdays and things but that's easy to remember. I hope you had a lovely anniversary!
    BTW, I was much slimmer 7 years ago! ;)

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  16. ohmygod that is so romantic!!! Happy anniversary!!

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  17. Happy anniversary--I love that story. I know in China numbers have a very important significance--is it the same way in Japan?

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  18. Thanks Heather. It's always nice to see you stop by. :)

    Danielle,
    Yes, there are certain things where numbers are important. One of the main ones you hear about is how things are rarely in 4s, for example a set of dishes will usually be sold in 5 (if it's Japanese-made, of course now with Western products you do see sets of 4) because '4' has the same sound as the word 'die'. You'll never see a 4-storied pagoda, always 3 or 5, and so on.
    Traditionally choosing a name for a baby, the number of strokes to write the kanji was part of the consideration.
    In Heian Japan there was a whole calendar of which days were good for doing this, and which were bad for that. And how many days after a certain event, another takes place, etc. etc.
    And there are probably plenty more that I'm unaware of also.

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  19. Weren't we all (slimmer)? I'm the only person I know who can start Weight Watchers, lose three pounds the first week and gain two the next. Sigh...

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  20. Bellezza,
    Too true! I really need to try to tackle my weight though- it's affecting my confidence (see one word meme)!

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