The Tanabata Star Festival is a traditional summer event that takes place at this shrine on July 7th. During the season, beautiful colorful bowls with slips of paper, and bamboo branches adorned with paper decorations create a magical atmosphere at the precincts of Kamakura Hachiman-gu Shrine. This event originated from a Shinto ceremony called Tanabata; praying to God for good harvests or for purification against sickness and disease. Later, the ceremony combined with a Chinese legend and became a star festival.
Access: A 10-minute walk from JR Kamakura Station
Find out more about Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。