Almost every town in Japan has it’s own festival of some sort. Most of them are quite local affairs and it would be unusual for someone more than a couple towns over to know much about them. A few of them, however, are famous nationwide and Sendai’s Tanabata Festival is one of them.
It’s held every summer on August 6-8, which means I’m incredibly late in posting these damn photos. What can I say, I’m still trying to find a good workflow balance on the ol’ site here.
Anyway, the festival itself “celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively).” The main attractions down here on Earth, meanwhile, are the hundreds of paper streamers, sponsored by local companies and businesses, that line the shopping arcades around town. Many are crazy elaborate featuring tons of various origami or other papercraft accouterments.
Trying to move through a mountainous backlog of photos here in the next few weeks. Hopefully more to come soon.