Every year, I’ve managed to post something about Tanabata. This year, there were a lot of bamboo plants in Shonandai Station where you can write your wish and tie it on a branch. I did that last week. Here’s the picture.
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On July 4th, I attended the 2010 Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Festival in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa. This festival is the largest Tanabata festival in the Kanto region of Japan, and is 4 days long. It begins on the first Thursday of July. Tanabata for much of Japan is on July 7th.
The festival, which is also known as the Star Festival, celebrates 2 legendary figures, Orihime (the star Vega) and Hikoboshi (the star Altair). The Milky Way, a river of stars, separates these two lovers, but they are allowed to meet only once a year on the 7th day of the 7th month. For more information, please read about it on Wikipedia.
I attended on a very hot and sunny day. It was about 32 degrees, so quite uncomfortable in the sun. But it was great weather to get some pictures. The festival is held on the north side of Hiratsuka station, and was very easy to find. Just follow the crowd! Enjoy the pictures.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Have you been to this festival before?
It’s getting close to the time of the year for Tanabata, or the Star Festival. I’d already posted a picture about this last year, but I think this picture is much better. Tanabata is on July 7th.
Nothing is happening yet for Tanabata. It’s too early. But here are a couple more festival decoration pictures.