Tanabata : Tanabata is a Japanese star festival on 7th July. Similar to Valentine's Day in the west, it's dedicated to two lovers who are separated in the heavens until this day, when swallows fly up and create a bridge for them to meet on.
Kingyo sukui (goldfish scooping) is a popular game at matsuri. You get to keep the fish, if you can get it into the bowl before your rice paper scoop disintegrates.
You can find the slips of paper with wishes written on them all over Japan around Tanabata, not just at the matsuri.
Come write your wish!
Everything is more romantic by paper lantern light.
七夕飾り Tanabata decoration
Lanterns in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan: photo by Lee Carus
The Lantern Festival of Nagasaki, Japan
Taken from Alan Brock’s Pyrotechnics: The History and Art of Firework Making via Firework Museum