Born to the Lord of Heaven, the weaver maiden Shokujo was responsible for weaving the fabric of heaven. She worked diligently until the day she fell in love with the herdsboy Kengyu. Following their marriage, Shokujo stopped weaving, distracted by her romance. Exasperated, her father determined that the lovers would only meet once a year, separating the two with the River of Heaven, or the Milky Way. Each year, on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar, the couple would be reunited. This story, originally a Chinese myth, is the basis of the Japanese Tanabata Festival. During Tanabata, people write their wishes on long strips of paper and tie them to bamboo branches. The heavenly couple is represented by the stars Vega and Aquila, which come into conjunction during the festival days. Yoshitoshi depicts the couple on opposite cloudbanks, moments away from their yearly reunion.