In the famous festivals of Tohoku region, excitement of the Nebuta Festival in Aomori, Kanto Matsuri (Lantern Festival) in Akita, Hanagasa in Yamagata, etc. are all highlights. But the Sendai Star Festival (Tanabata Matsuri) is a quiet festival where you can watch Tanabata decorations full of streets.
Sendai Star Festival is a festival held in Sendai City, Miyagi prefecture, and it should be said to be the forerunner of the Japanese Star Festival (Tanabata Matsuri). In August, when the leaves of the trees deepen the color, the Aoba area will be all over the street in the Tanabata. Wishes and dreams wrapped up in the colorful Tanabata ornament, led by the breeze of “Mori no Miyako” (the Capital of Greens). It is Japan’s luxurious and graceful Star Festival (Tanabata Matsuri), which is transmitted over 400 years. In addition to Tanabata ornament, there are lots of sights such as “Stardust Festival”, “Sendai Tanabata Firework Festival”, “Cool off-concert”.
At Sendai Star Festival, a large Tanabata ornament made of Japanese paper colors the city of Sendai. It is a festival with a history that has been held since the early Edo period. It is held from August 6 to 8 every year. Tourists visit from around Japan and from around the world trying to see gorgeous Tanabata ornament. It is said that the number is 2 million people.
Do you know the event of Tanabata?
It is based on the old story of China.
When Hiko-hoshi(Altair) met Orihime-hoshi(Vega), they were attracted each other, then they have fallen love. After that they didn’t work and a disease has spread over the cow. The Lord of Heaven got angry with them, and separated them by the Milky Way. However, the Lord of Heaven felt pity for them. And he allowed them to meet only on the night of July 7th.
On the day of Tanabata Festival, Japanese people display bamboo grass with a strip of paper and ornaments to celebrate their reunion. When we write a wish to this paper and display it on bamboo, it is said that a wish comes true.
Sendai Tanabata Matsuri is one of “the Tohoku three great festival” and as to be said it is the best Star Festival in Japan. It is held from August 6 to 8 every year. The central site for the Sendai Star Festival is an arcade town around JR Sendai Station. The large-scale decoration is done in the arcade street called Ichibancho and Chuo-dori.
In addition, approximately 3,000 Star Festival decorations are attached to the various places throughout the city, and downtown becomes all in the Star Festival.
And approximately 16,000 fireworks will light up the summer night sky near Sendai west park. You can spend a romantic day on the grand Sendai Tanabata Matsuri.
|Name:||Sendai Tanabata Matsuri (Star Festival)|
|Adresse:||Chuo 1-7-2, Aobaku Sendai-city, Miyagi 980-0021 Japan|
|Access:||JR Tohoku Shinkansen line "Sendai-eki Station” (2 minutes walk)|
|Tel:||(+81) 22-265-8185 (Sendai Tanabata Festival Support Association)|