The date of Tanabata varies depending on the region of Japan and is usually held at either July 7th or August 7th. The celebration is held at night and colourful Tanabata Festivals are held across Japan. One of the biggest and most famous is the Tanabata Festivals of Hiratsuka near Tokyo in July and Sendai in August.
A popular Tanabata custom in Japan is to write wishes on small pieces of coloured paper (tanzaku) and hang them on a specially decorated bamboo trees or branches in hope that the wish will come true. The bamboo trees or branches are usually placed in the backyard or entrances of houses and are set afloat on a river or burned after the festival, around midnight or on the next day.
|Tanzaku ~ small pieces of coloured paper with wishes on them|
|Google Japan even joined in the Tanabata celebrations|
This year to celebrate Tanabata we enjoyed some Japanese snacks called Koala no March, which released a limited edition Tanabata version.
|Lotte Koala no March ~ Tanabata version|
|Featuring different Tanabata Koala's|
|Special Tanabata edition packaging|
|The koala's all lined up to be eaten on Tanabata|