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On the Origin of Species: Jirachi - Investigating the inspirations behind Pokémon

George Hutcheon writes: "Here in the West, the concept of wishing on a star can be traced back at least as far as Roman times. But it's a more universal concept than many people realize. Today, on the seventh day of the seventh month, Japan celebrates Tanabata, the star festival. And so, it seemed like a good opportunity to take a look at Jirachi, a Pokémon heavily inspired by the festival.

The story of Tanabata itself, like many Japanese legends, has its origins in China, with a tale called The Princess and the Cowherd. There are many versions of this story, but the version most commonly known in Japan is as follows..."

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