This year, I went all out and decorated Kamesei Ryokan's entrance for Tanabata. That's Japan's Star Festival, the one night of the year when the weaver princess Vega can meet her prince, Altair, across the Milky Way. It's tradition here to festoon some bamboo trimmings fronds with colorful, shiny decorations and write wishes to attach to the bamboo.
I took our oldest son up to the mountain to cut some bamboo,
brought it back and set it up at Kamesei's entrance,
went to a local shop and bought all kinds of shiny decorations,
got out the ladder and attached them all to the bamboo.
Our guests were delighted with the colorful Tanabata decorations.
I was thinking we could leave up the decorations for the rest of summer vacation for all of our guests to enjoy. But the next day, everyone told me I had to take them down. I guess it's not like a Christmas tree that you can leave up for a month.
Next year I'll have to put out the Tanabata decorations earlier!