Sendai Tanabata

Getting bigger and better every year

By Ritsuko Maro    - 1 min read
Venue: Kōtōdaikōen shimin hiroba When: Early Aug 2022

The Tanabata (Starlight) Festival in Sendai is the nation’s largest. It is so big in fact that the city of a million actually more than doubles its population over the three day event held August 6th – 8th. Many visitors come on August 5th to see the pre-festival fireworks show. Still, the main attraction of the centuries old festival has always been the colorful streamers covering the shopping arcades throughout all of downtown.

Sendai Tanabata Fireworks Festival

Sendai Tanabata Fireworks Festival

Early Aug

16,000 fireworks light up the sky over the Hirose River every August 5th evening. This is the kickoff for 3 days of Tanabata F..

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Locals have noticed the festival seems to be growing with each year. There are more festival venders selling food or offering games, and an increasing number of large and private businesses putting up their own decorations.

Enjoy the creative, unique, or bizarre designs which change every year. Do note decorations are not visible late at night, as they are wrapped in plastic or taken down for security reasons. Besides that, bring a camera!

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Ritsuko Maro

Ritsuko Maro @ritsuko.maro533

Had been an English instructor for children for 15 years.  Also a computer instructor at a PC school in Shiogama city, the volunteer staff at events taken place in Shiogama city. Currently a temporary office worker in Sendai, a member of Tagajo city International Exchange Association Junior club, and a member of Shichigahama Sake "Fun" club.  The page manager of "Ichinokura Sake Fun Club" (Facebook)  Studying about the Miyagi guide at the group, "Ask Me About Sendai".子ども英会話講師を約15年間続けたあと 塩竈市内のパソコン教室でインストラクターと市内開催のイベントでボランティアスタッフ(月見カフェ、しおがまDEひなめぐり等)現在仙台市内の企業で派遣社員として働く。 多賀城市国際交流協会ジュニア部部員、七ヶ浜日本酒愛好会会員、一ノ蔵愛好会ページマネージャー(フェイスブック)。Ask Me About Sendaiで宮城をガイドの勉強中。

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Elena Lisina 2 years ago
I've seen those decorations only in the museum, but during the festival they seem gorgeous!
Nadine in Japan 3 years ago
Tanabata is my favorite festival in Japan! 😍 it’s just so beautiful!
My friends and I made a video about the festival this year if you’d like to see! It’s got some tips on things you can do during the festival :) maybe I’ll write an article about it soon!
Justin Velgus 5 years ago
You captured some of the more interesting decorations this year! Tanabata is a joy for locals and tourists!