Tanabata - Japanese Star Festival

Ever wondered what this emoji ūüéč is about?  Yesterday was Tanabata in Japan, an annual summer "star festival."  It comes from an old story where Orihime and Hikoboshi are stars in love, separated by the Milky Way, who are only allowed to meet once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh year.  

People usually celebrate this day by writing wishes on slips of paper (tanzaku) and hanging them on bamboo, along with some other paper decorations.  Large-scale Tanabata festivals are held all over Japan, decorated with lots of colorful streamers and other paper creations.  It is a really fun holiday, especially for kids - I have great memories of making paper decorations and eating yummy Japanese festival food :)

I didn't remember to draw something for Tanabata until yesterday morning, so I started to do a couple related drawings yesterday, which I still have to add color to.  I'm thinking of showing my process of adding color through Photoshop - would that be something interesting to you?  If so, keep an eye out!  I hope to do it by next week.