Kirin (Japan) has three new Tanabata (Star Festival) papercrafts for 2011 - bamboo decoration (sasakazari), the lovers Orihime and Takiboshi, and a star guide.
The three papercrafts are split into 6 parts, one release per week.
Tanabata originated more than 2,000 years ago with an old Chinese tale called Kikkoden. Once there was a weaver princess named Orihime and a cow herder prince named Hikoboshi living in space. After they got together, they were playing all the time and forgot about their jobs. The king was angry at them and separated them on opposite sides of the Amanogawa River (Milky Way). The king allowed them to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar. Tanabata literally means the night of the seventh, and it's also known as the star festival. -Shizuko Mizima