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[Japanese Tale] The romantic myth of 'Orihime' and 'Hikoboshi'.


[Japanese Tale] The romantic myth of 'Orihime' and 'Hikoboshi'.

There was once a beautiful Princess of Heaven named 'Orihime', daughter of the Emperor of Heaven (or the Jade Emperor in the Chinese tradition). Orihime loved to weave all day at her loom, creating the cloth of stars worn by her honoured father. For many years, weaving this wondrous fabric was all that her heart desired.

One day, a peasant boy named 'Hikoboshi' passed by, leading an ox from star to star. When Orihime and Hikoboshi's eyes met, loved suddenly filled both their hearts and from that moment on, Orihime cared no more for her weaving.

When the Emperor of Heaven learned of this, he came to her and said that he would send for the ox boy, that they might wed, and Orihime and Hikoboshi were soon married. However, so great was their love that they could not stand to be apart for even one hour. Hikoboshi neglected his duties and his ox roamed among the stars. Orihime continued to neglected her weaving.

Before long, this became so became intolerable to the emperor that he passed a harsh sentence on the two. Orihime and Hikoboshi, he said, must live separately on opposite shores of the great River of Heaven. However, the emperor knew of young love and he did have some compassion: he decreed that Hikoboshi would be permitted to cross the River of Heaven one night a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month, to be with his beloved bride...

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