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Brother Ken: A Night of Tanabata


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At Brother Diner, on the hot summer night of Tanabata, while people are enjoying eating crushed ice with sweet syrup, something unusual happens…
Tanabata is the star festival in Japan. This is also a celebration of a love story between Vega and Altair, who are separated by The Milky Way. The lovers only meet once a year, on July 7th, the Night of Tanabata. People celebrate their rendezvous by displaying bamboo branches with strips of paper and ornaments. Wishes are written on these strips of paper, because on the night of Tanabata these wishes come true.
“Brother Ken (meaning Brother Diner), is one of the songs sung by Wataru Takada (高田渡), a unique voice in the Japanese folk song movement of the 1970s. He was influenced by American folk songs and protest movements. The lyrics are derived from a poem by Baku Yamanokuchi (山之口貘).


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