Compared to the story of Romeo and Juliet, Tanabata is the story of two lovers. When the sky king's daughter stopped her beautiful cloth weavings to be with the man she loved, he separated them across the galaxy. After being moved by her tears, he decided to let the lovers meet on the 7th day of the 7th month if she was diligent in her weavings. On that day, there was a large river that separated them. She cried so much that a flock of magpies came and made a bridge out of their wings so she could cross the river.
Today, this festival is celebrated with lots of delicious food and paper lanterns hanging from large bamboo sticks. People also write wishes on paper and hang them on designated trees in the hopes that their wish will come true.