The Twitter Japan blog releases a list of top hashtags for each week. Tweet Beat investigates the buzz behind the hashtag.
A tweet is a wish your heart makes
— KyuMo@ (@elfsone_tikyu) July 7, 2013
May everyone’s wishes come true. Hikoboshi casually greets Orihime in English.
#七夕 (Tanabata, the Star Festival) takes place at different times depending on where you are in Japan, but July 7 is the first major date. It’s a holiday for making wishes and celebrating the once-a-year reunion of legendary separated lovers Hikoboshi and Orihime. The accompanying decorations make for great tweets, but the concise format (and this tool that allows your text to mimic the shape of a traditional paper tanzaku) is also perfect for sharing wishes.
— 灯さかす (@akarisakasu) July 7, 2013
Write your wish on a tanzaku.
Some people expressed personal aspirations or concerns:
“I wanna be a hottie.”
“May I become fluent in Japanese.”
“May my smartphone not break until I can buy a new one.”
“I want friends.”
Some looked outward:
“May I be able to repay many favors.”
— あまとー (@xusix) July 7, 2013
May all my follower’s wishes come true.