Tanabata Festival

Tanabata was originally about a Chinese love story of a princess and a cowherd being separated by the king.  Traditionally in present-day Japan, people celebrate Tanabata by writing their wishes on colorful, small strips of paper called tanzaku…

Tanabata Festival by Jesslee Cuizon

…and hang them on bamboo branches…

Tanabata Festival by Jesslee Cuizon

The streets are decorated with huge colorful  hanging lanterns which kids enjoy watching…

Tanabata Festival by Jesslee Cuizon

…especially at nights when these lanterns are being lighted.

Tanabata Festival by Jesslee Cuizon

This was during the Tanabata Festival in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa. This is the biggest Tanabata festival held in the Kanto Area. The most famous one is held in Sendai.

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  1. you’ve captured the festival’s real essence jess.. they’ve got beautiful lanterns. it’s so colorful and vivid…

    Posted July 8, 2009 at 8:49 pm | Permalink
  2. Greetings from Brazil!
    I?ve been seen your pics…Amazing shots!!
    I?m gonna work this weekend in Tanabata Festival in S?o Paulo, Brazil. Have u heard about it??It?s very popular down here, almost 45.000 people visit Liberdade to write their wishes!!

    Posted July 9, 2009 at 6:57 am | Permalink
  3. Awesome Pictures. The color that you captured is absolutely amazing. I think it actually looks better in the pictures than it does actually being there.

    Posted August 8, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Permalink