Saturday, August 3 to Monday, August 12, 2013.

What is ‘Tanabata’? Chinese legend since long ago has it that Hikoboshi (Altair star) and Orihime (Vega star) separated by the vast Milky Way meet up once a year on the evening of July 7, during which people celebrate "The Festival to Plead for Skills" (Kikkoden) by praying to Vega to become more proficient in needlework, singing and handwriting. This festival was brought to Japan during the Nara Period (710 to 794 ) and became mixed with the Japanese “Tanabata” Obon tradition practiced until then of weaving a cloth on a loom (=Hata)  to offer to ancestral spirits. This is said to be the origin of the current Tanabata (star) festival.

Access to the festival sites