Last Monday, I attended a Tanabata Matsuri (festival) for the first time. The festival is held in Daitō, a district in Unnan city, every August 6th. Of course, I enjoyed wearing yukata👘!
Although Tanabata is officially observed on the 7th of July, Tanabata festivals are held throughout Japan in July or August. You can read more about Tanabata and its history, here. In Daitō, each neighborhood makes a float, and these, along with lanterns and bamboo branches decorated with ornaments and wishes, are paraded down a street lined with summer festival booths to the sound of traditional drums, flutes and cymbals. There was also a stage for live performances, and to top off the night, a fireworks display over the river! It was truly spectacular, and I look forward to attending next year!