Today is an interesting date: seventh day of the seventh month of two thousand seven. Or, more simply 07-07-07. The next one like this won’t come around until, you guessed it, 08-08-08.
Today is also an interesting date in Japanese mythology. July 7th is Tanabata. The only day of the year when the lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi can meet across the milky way. The only problem being, they can only meet if the skies are clear. Sadly, in Japan this is often the tail end of the rainy season so the odds are stacked against the couple.
For a good accounting of the legend and the festival, go to this site .