You think that Romeo and Juliet are the only popular Star Crossed lovers in the world as immortalized by the work of Shakespeare. However, Japanese legends have always told of the story of the real star crossed lovers and even celebrate their love in one of the popular festivals in their country. Just like any tragic love story, the tale of the star crossed lovers is a heart break.
As the story goes, a young seamstress named Princess Orihime who wove beautiful clothes by the heavenly river. As she worked endlessly, she became weary and lost all hope of finding true love. Seeing his daughter in despair, the God of the Heavens arranged her daughter to meet with the cow herder living across the river – Hikoboshi. They instantly fell in love, but Orihime lost all her time to him and failed to weave beautiful clothes.
Basically, the Tanabata Star Crossed lovers show that through the many obstacles in life love will always prevail. The sad part about this legend is that unlike normal fairy tales, the lovers don’t have a happy ending. There will be no part of the story where they will overcome their obstacles and be together for the rest of their happy lives. It’s a tragedy because of the fact that there can only be one time of the year where they can truly be together. Her forgetfulness of her responsibilities angered her father that they were doomed to never meet again unless Orihime weaves beautifully once again.
Though the story of the Tanabata lovers seem tragic for many, looking at the story in its entirety is actually hopeful. There is a promise that when Orihime and Hikoboshi works hard, they will be given a chance to be together. It was also said that when it rains, it means that the lovers were not able to unite, explaining that they failed to work hard enough to be worthy of being together. It is a symbol of hope that in love not everything will always be a happy ending and so that a relationship will last, there must be hard work. Without the compromise and the hard work, no relationship would be healthy.
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