The Star Festival

July 7th is the Star Festival called Tanabata. This seasonal event originated from both an ancient Chinese legend and Japanese mythology. In China, it is said that the Herdsman (the star Altair) and the Weaver (the star Vega) can meet only once a year on this day over the Milky Way.

People celebrate the day by decorating big branches of bamboo with colored oblong cards. Poems and wishes are written on them. The Star Festival held in Sendai-city, Miyagi Prefecture is very famous. 

See also
*List of Japanese culture

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