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The Wishing Tree
The Wishing Tree
You know all those wishes you've kept in your heart and perhaps brought to mind only when blowing out birthday candles? There is a home for them. I inadvertently came upon what's known as "The Wishing Tree" in the center of a small outside mall in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles. It's a stunning sight -- less like a tree, more like a stationery store gone awry. Colorful slips of paper strung by ribbon happily fluttered in the breeze, criss crossing each other like chattering leaves. Handwritten on each piece of paper were a variety of wishes ranging from good grades to global peace -- some humorous, some dreamy, all honest. The tree is based on a Japanese tradition originated from the annual Tanabata Festival, in which people write their wishes on small pieces of paper and tie them to bamboo trees. Don't be shy -- put pen to paper and add your wish to the tree. It won't be alone.
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