Hear Legend of the Star-Crossed Lovers at the Japanese Garden
To celebrate the Japanese Star Festival, Tanabata, the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden offers a wish-making activity and guided tours in the Japanese Garden on July 6 and 7. On Friday, July 6 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., a special Story Time will feature the ancient legend of the star-crossed lovers.
The legend focuses on the weaver Tanabata (also Orihime) and the cowherd Hikoboshi, who are separated from each other by the Milky Way and only meet on the seventh day of the seventh month each year.
"It's great to tie in cultural events to our Garden Story Time," said Tallie Segel, Botanic Garden Education Coordinator. "Guests of all ages will enjoy this event and forge a deeper connection to the natural world and other cultures."
During the Tanabata celebration from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on July 6 and 7, guests can write a wish on bamboo arrangements at the koi pond or take a special Japanese Garden cultural tour. Tours meet near the Japanese Garden entrance at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. No reservations are required and activities are included with regular admission.
If you miss the Tanabata celebration, you can still enjoy a story or tour at the Botanic Garden. Story Time brings favorite books and folk tales to life each Friday at 10:30. Guided tours of the Japanese Garden are available on Wednesday mornings. Story Time and tour availability may vary, depending on volunteer schedules. Call BioPark Education at 505-848-7180 for more information.