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Tanabata and Light-up at Kodai-ji

Decorated bamboo branches in Kodai-ji's

By Cathy Cawood    - 1 min read
Venue: Kodaiji When: Jul 2nd - Jul 3rd 2022

Every year, Japanese children write wishes on strips of colored paper and use them to decorate bamboo branches for a festival called Tanabata, which takes place on July 7th.

Many bamboo branches decorated by kindergartens and schools associated with Kodai-ji are on display in the car park of the Zen temple. It looks very pretty and festive.

A light-up event also takes place every evening from 5 pm to 9:30 pm in the pay-to-visit garden. For only 600 yen, you can explore the temple's beautiful garden under the festive lights. You won't regret it.

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Cathy Cawood

Cathy Cawood @cathy.cawood

 I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.

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Lynda Hogan 11 months ago
Light up always add a bit of magic to traditional events.
Kim a year ago
What beautiful scenery for a tanabata celebration!
Elena Lisina 2 years ago
Beautiful decorations! It seems Tanabata Matsuri this year will be on July 3-5, a weekend.
Kylie Plester 6 years ago
I didn't even know this festival existed, it's so pretty with all the decorations.
Michelle Montano 7 years ago
You have some lovely shots. I love all the colorful decorations during Tanabata.