Zojoji Tanabata Matsuri


Tanabata (the “night of the seventh”) is the night when the two lovers, Hikoboshi and Orihime (the stars Altair and Vega), meet on the bridge that connects the ends of Milky Way. According to legend, the Milky Way separates the lovers and they can only meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month.

Many events all over Japan celebrate this romantic meeting. One of the most impressive in Tokyo is being held on 6 and 7 July, at Zojoji Temple where 3700 lanterns are placed in front of the temple creating a Milky Way.

Photos: Junko Nagata © Japanbyweb.com

People write wishes on strips of paper (tanzaku) and tie them to bamboo branches