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Tanabata Festival in Asakusa

Wish upon a star on July 7th

Every year on July 7th, the Kappabashi-dori in Asakusa Tokyo closes its traffic streets and prepares for a special occasion: The Tanabata (star) festival. The streets of Kappabashi-dori are filled with people and many vendors offering refreshments and traditional festival foods. People line up for shaved ice and crowd around performers. There was a man singing Meiji style songs, accompanied by an accordionist and a cellist; the crowd swayed as he sang. Every store on the street hangs handmade decorations that represent the stars. It is a beautiful and lively scene!

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