Saturday, July 7, 2012

Tanabata Festival at Local Shopping Street, Kawaguchi, Saitama

Based on the Chinese myth about the star Vega and the star Altair separated by the Milky Way, a lot of festivities take place in some Asian countries around on July 7th. Here in Japan, the day is called 'Tanabata' and Tanabata Festivals are held here and there. People say that your wish will come true when you wish upon stars on that day. At the festivals, you can see decorations that remind you of the Milky Way and colorful paper strips on which people wrote their wishes.

A Tanabata Festival is held also at a local shopping street near my place every year. Despite the rainy season, a lot of people gather there, enjoy the festival and wish upon stars.

Tanabata Festival at Local Shopping Street, Kawaguchi, Japan [iPhone 4S/HD]
- Shot in 1080p full HD with an iPhone 4S on Jul. 6th, 2012

Click below to learn more about the Chinese myth and Tanabata!
Tanabata, the Day of the Star Festival ~Zojoji Temple, Tokyo~

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