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Tanabata and Light-up at Kodai-ji 2024

Decorated bamboo branches in Kodai-ji's

Venue: Kodaiji When: Early Jul 2024

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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Lynda Hogan 2 years ago
Light up always add a bit of magic to traditional events.
Kim 3 years ago
What beautiful scenery for a tanabata celebration!
Elena Lisina 4 years ago
Beautiful decorations! It seems Tanabata Matsuri this year will be on July 3-5, a weekend.
Kylie Plester 8 years ago
I didn't even know this festival existed, it's so pretty with all the decorations.
Michelle Montano 9 years ago
You have some lovely shots. I love all the colorful decorations during Tanabata.

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