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Origins somewhat obscure.
The former tana portion may be from 棚 (tana, “a shelf, or a board placed lengthwise in a bridge”), in reference to an ancient ritual whereby a maiden would weave a special cloth on a hata in order to secure a bountiful harvest, as an offering for a god coming across a body of water via a tana. A related theory states that tana is instead an alteration of 種 (tane, “seed”). Yet another theory states that tana is an alteration of 手 (ta, “hand”, unbound Old Japanese form) + な (na, Old Japanese possessive particle superseded by no).
- the Tanabata Japanese star festival
- a type of loom (the original meaning)
- a type of weaving
- by extension, a weaver
- (figuratively) any extremely rare visit, or the person so visiting
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七夕 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin qīxī)
- the Qixi Festival, the Chinese Valentine's Day, which falls on the seventh day of the 7th lunar month
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