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Tanabata, summer tradition of Japan

Write your wish onto TANZAKU

Tanabata(七夕), known as the Star Festival is held on the seventh day of the seventh month of the old lunar calendar, celebrating the legend of the one day of the year when the deities Hikoboshi ( identified with the star Altair) and Orihime ( identified with Vega ), separated by the Milky Way, are allowed to meet.

As the day of Tanabata draws near, people write their wishes onto colorful paper,TANZAKU and attach them to bamboo trees.

This is Tanabata-Kai( festival ) in Kodaiji temple, held on 7/6-7.

It’s bustling with many people and the trees will be lit up at night from 5pm to 9pm, beautiful !

There’s a tea house to sit down and drink some tea or eat Maccha ice-cream and Kakigori( shaved ice )

 

After enjoying Tanabata, you can walk to Sanneizaka and Ninenzaka street to see this beautiful view of Kyoto or head to Gion to eat Kaiseki, traditional Kyoto food in Gion area or Hanami-koji street or Ponto cho 🙂

07/7/2019 guesthouse_nobi Japanese tradition