Once a year between July and August, Japan celebrates Tanabata – a Japanese star festival. The most famous Tanabata festival is held in Sendai, Miyagi-ken in August. People generally celebrate this day by writing wishes on small pieces of paper, and hanging them on large colorful streamers. This year, wishes were written and hung, from not only in Japan but from around the world – wishes for those who had suffered from the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

So today amongst the vivid color, kimonos, exotic food and 1000s of paper cranes – Japan Alive appeared on stage and shared a message on “life” during the Tanabata festival.

Through a “Cinderella” like skit, speech, distribution of free literature and a free photo session for people to dress up as a princess or prince – Japan Alive conveyed the message that everybody’s life is valuable and has a purpose from before they were even born.   Your experiences do not determine your identity or your dream.  Indeed, every life has the potential to change the course of a nation (like a princess) and nobody has the right to treat you as any less than that – everybody is entitled to dream which produces HOPE.

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