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. The two were married and Shokujo stopped weaving. Her father became exasperated and 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, has become the basis of the Japanese Tanabata Festival. 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.