#464 Tanabata

Tanabata is a quiet Japanese festival.

It follows the legend that the Cowherd Star (Altair) and Weaver Star (Vega) are lovers separated by the Milky Way.

stars tanabata

They are allowed to meet just once a year – the 7th day of the 7th month.

Around this time people write their wishes and tie them to bamboo branches.


Today (August 7th) in Sendai, located in north-eastern Japan, celebrates tanabata.

No, they’re not a month late.

They just follow the lunar calender.

The shopping arcade is decorated with paper decorations.


These are sponsored by local shops, so they’re always trying to outdo each other.

The festival traces it’s origins back to China and Chinese Qixi festival tradition.


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