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.

七夕 - 風のように 水のように

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.

Lanterns in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan: photo by Lee Carus

Lanterns in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan: photo by Lee Carus

The Lantern Festival of Nagasaki, Japan

Nagasaki, Japan.

The Lantern Festival of Nagasaki, Japan

Everything is more romantic by paper lantern light.

Everything is more romantic by paper lantern light.

Taken from Alan Brock’s Pyrotechnics: The History and Art of Firework Making  via Firework Museum

Taken from Alan Brock’s Pyrotechnics: The History and Art of Firework Making via Firework Museum

AWA ODORI

AWA ODORI

Come write your wish!

Come write your wish!

七夕

七夕飾り Tanabata decoration

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.

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.

Yosakoi

Yosakoi

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