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Sendai Tanabata Festival Japan August 6 to August 8 2017

June 09, 2017

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Tanabata festivals, also known as “star festivals,” according to Chinese legend, the two stars Altair and Vega cross paths The Sendai Tanabata Matsuri, held every year on August 6-8, is one of the largest and most famous Tanabata celebrations in Japan
While festivities take place throughout Downtown Sendai, the festival’s main feature is thousands of colorful streamers that decorate the city’s shopping arcades, which come to resemble brightly colored forests. Each set of 3-5 meter long streamers is handcrafted by local shops, schools and community groups out of Washi paper and bamboo. They then hang from ten meter long bamboo poles along the arcades.

In addition to the steamers, which represent the threads of a loom, there are smaller paper decorations that include kimono to ward off bad health and accidents; a net for good harvests; cranes for long life, health and safety; a purse for good business; a trash bag for cleanliness; and paper strips for good handwriting, which people often write wishes on and hang from a bamboo branch. These items are also hung from the bamboo poles or worked into the design of the streamers themselves.
The decorations are situated along the Ichibancho and Chuo Shopping Arcades, which begin a few minutes walk from JR Sendai Station. Shimin Hiroba Square and Kotodai Park are at the end if the Ichibancho Shopping Arcade and just above the Kotodaikoen Subway Station. Jozenji Dori leads from Shimin Hiroba Square to the Hirosegawa River.

This year decoration is very beautiful, very good design; I enjoy seeing them in the arcade it gives Sendai a whole new look for the summer. I saw and meet people from different areas of japan and lots of tourist from around the world. I also enjoy the traditional food they sold along the roadside and in front of the shops in the arcade. You can see the ladies’ dress in their yukata and also the man wearing yukata. It looks so traditional Japan. Tanabata is a fun time in Sendai where you could experience Sendai in a way, and you should come and see the beauty of the Sendai mean summer event.

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