Recently I shipped in another pair of shoes from USA which set me back about $120~. Its about the same price as a pair of sneakers in Singapore or slightly cheaper. I haven’t bought shoes in Singapore for some time unless its like mega sales at Nike Factory Outlet which usually is very affordable. I think my cheapest pair from Nike Factory Outlet has to be a pair of $20 shoe.
My other pair of shoes is starting to get worn and the sole is going to go very very soon. I got this pair because I love the quirky colours. I think I have a penchant for bright things.
I just did a google search and realised that there’s an interesting story behind this pair! Its inspired by Japanese’s Tanabata festival, hence, the name of it. The story behind Tanabata is actually about the “Princess and the Cowherd”. I think many would have heard of the story when you are young. If you’re too lazy to click on the link, here’s a synopsis.
Orihime was the daughter of Tentei (aka Sun King) who weaves cloth along the banks of a river Amanogawa (the milky way actually). Since she weaves cloth all day long, she doesnt have a chance to meet boys. So her dad arranged for her to go meet Hikoboshi (a cowherd). The two of them fell in love head over heels, married and neglected their work which made the Sun King angry so he forbade them to meet anymore. Orihime was very depressed and cried so the Sun King relented and let them meet on the 7th day of the 7th month (how tragic to be able to meet once a year only!). But the thing is, there’s no bridge. Orihime cried again and a flock of magpies decided to help by using their wings to form a bridge. If its rainy, however, the magpies wont come and the tragic lovers will wait yet another year.
There’s a lot of versions of the story but this is the most commonly told and most popular version. Also, it happens to be the one that I was told when I was a kid.
Japanese celebrates this Tanabata by writing their wishes on tanzaku (small pieces of paper) which is later hung on bamboo. Why write wishes? I have no idea man, maybe the weaving princess used to wish to meet the cowherd a lot? I have no idea whats the connection, or maybe there’s something deeper to it.
Whatever it is, its going to be this pair of shoes thats going to bring me through another year of dance. the colour prints on the shoes symbolises the pieces of paper people writes their wishes on. The pictures on the tongues are Orihime and Hirobokshi. I varnished on a layer of clear nail polish over so that the prints will not be scratched off which was the fate of my first ever dance shoes (DCs which i absolutely adore till now).