Across a bridge of magpies

Tanabata festival in Sendai. Beatiful photos.

Big On Trips

Once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, a pair of lovers meet across a bridge of magpies. Any child growing up in Asia would have heard some version of this fairy tale at some point. This is the bittersweet reality for the star-crossed lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi, the Weaver and the Cowherd star who fell in love, and as all tragic love stories go, met with the usual family objections and were separated forever until the King of Heaven, (or the Jade Emperor if you’re Chinese) took pity on their pining and allowed them to meet once a year. But because they were separated by the Milky Way, a bridge of magpies would form for the lovers to meet – at least, that’s the romantic version. I have a more cynical one.

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