Tanabata (七夕) is a Japanese star festival, originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The date of Tanabata varies by region of the country, but the first festivities begin on July 7 of the Gregorian calendar. The celebration is held at various days between July and August.
Headed to Kappabashi Tanabate Masturi to check out the festivities.
The whole street between Asakusa Station and Ueno Station was lined with colorful streamers and ornamental balls.
We can even peek at the Skytree in the background. It was searing hot in Tokyo now.
Yes, I want some ice!!!!
Really colorful streamers seen all around.
Paper cranes and paper strips hung on bamboo were all seen too.
Many people would write their wished on short strips of paper
Then hang their wishes on the bamboo.
Summer also means a lot of games for their kids. Like using paper scoops to catch gold fish.
Young gals were also all out in Yukata for the summer.
Another type of game, picking up colorful balls floating on water with chopsticks.
Performances scattered along the street, hula dances …..
Modern street dances.
The more traditional dances
It was a super hot day and boy, I was craving for a ice cold drink when I arrive at Ueno Station. 🙂