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Sunday, July 10, 2005

Tanabata Festival

Tanabata Festival 七夕祭り, known as "the festival of the star Vega", is celebrated around Japan on the 7th day of the 7th month (July 7). The festival originates from China and celebrates the meeting of the stars Vega and Altair in the Milky Way for their annual lover's tryst. The festival is popular with young children.

Written wishes are hung on specially prepared pieces of bamboo or plastic equivalents hung with colored paper and other talismans.

Large Tanabata Festivals are held in Shounan City, Kanagawa Prefecture and Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture.

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