This website shows information from last year’s event.
Schedule of events Saturday. August 6 to Friday. August 12. 2016.
1 Plaza of Encounters
This plaza will display bamboo shoots decorated with "wishes" that visitors write on Picture Postcard Strips. The event's original "Kyo-no-Tanabata Picture Postcard Strips" (100 yen each) can be purchased at the information booth.
2 Milky Way of Light (Illuminated)
The "Milky Way of Light" reproduces the stunning Milky Way, the icon of Tanabata, with an arch of bamboo and LED lights. Visitors will experience a romantic world full of mystery. The blue LED lights make it exceptionally beautiful.
3 Yuzen Nagashi of Light
The culture of Kyoto has been nurtured by an abundance of clean water. Kyo-Yuzen dyeing is a tradition that has especially prospered because of the region's high-quality water. This installation showcases the brilliant layers of colors in Kyo-Yuzen silk, using the water of Horikawa River and illumination.
Cooperation: Kamedatomi Corporation
4 Wishes on Tanabata
This promenade will be lined on both sides with Tanabata bamboo decorations and lit up at night (using a total of 40 bamboo shoots). The bamboo leaves will hold written "wishes" of the community's children.
5 Message Lanterns
Large "message lanterns" will showcase Yuzen designs and display messages from prominent or popular figures connected to Kyoto. The warm light of the lanterns will lighten both sides of the walkway and the water of Horikawa River.
6 Gifts for Visitors Wearing Kimono
Each day, people visiting the events in traditional Japanese clothing (kimono or yukata) will be offered a gift. (Limited number of gifts each day)
7 Nishijin Textile Center (10:00AM–6:00PM)
The Nishijin Textile Center will host a variety of events in the building, such as a participatory yukata fashion show, small handloom workshop, and a silkworm craft workshop.
8 Kyo-no-Tanabata Kyo-Yuzen Fair (Hotel Rubino Kyoto Horikawa)
At Hotel Rubino Kyoto Horikawa, visitors will be able to enjoy work demonstrations by Kyo-Yuzen artists, Kyo-Yuzen and Kyo-Komon workshops, displays of Kyo-Yuzen works, and more.