Tanabata Festival is definitely one of the biggest summer festivals (Matsuri) in Japan. You can view wonderful decorations, spend your time with loved ones, and do everyone’s favourite: write your wish to make it come true!
During Tanabata Festival, you will be able to write down your wish on colourful paper and then hang it on bamboo branch. Those small papers are called Tanzaku in Japanese language.
Tanabata Festival is held annually, but the date fluctuates. It depends on the Lunar calendar, yet it’s celebrated either on July 7 or August 7. This year, the Tanabata Matsuri will be held on July 7 since the word “Tanabata” means the night of the seventh.
Maybe you have heard that people call Tanabata Matsuri in a different name, which is the star festival. Originally, the festival actually celebrates the meeting of two lovers separated by milky way back to more than 2,000 years ago. According to an old Chinese tale, there was a weaver princess named Orihime and a cow herder prince named Hikoboshi. They lived in space, got together, but began to neglect their work. The king was angry, and separate them on opposite sides of Milky Way as punishment. However, the king allowed them to see each other once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar.
Interestingly, many Japanese people believe that Orihime and Hikoboshi can’t see each other if the weather is rainy. Thus, they pray for good weather during Tanabata Festival, in order to make wishes.
Apart from that, it’s obvious that Tanabata Festival is much more fun in a good weather. We can walk through colourful display and gigantic streams on the main streets. There are people selling traditional snacks and drinks as well.
In case you’re wondering, there are three largest Tanabata Festivals in Japan. Those are Sendai Tanabata Matsuri in Miyagi Prefecture (we mentioned it before), the Shōnan Hiratsuka Tanabata Matsuri in Kanagawa Prefecture, and the Anjo Tanabata Matsuri in Aichi Prefecture. You can choose whichever festival you want to visit!
Should you aren’t able to visit Japan to witness the amazing Tanabata Festival, you still can keep up. At Nadai Fujisoba Ni-hachi, you can enjoy premium Tanabata set for only $15.80++. The set includes somen, unagi oshi-sushi and chawanmushi mix. Moreover, you can write a wish and decorate as a bamboo next to the reception!
Tanabata Festival is coming to town! It’s limited until 31st July, so make sure you come to Nadai Fujisoba Ni-hachi to feel Tanabata Festival vibes while you’re still in Singapore.
Nadai Fujisoba Ni-hachi
100 Tras Street #03-14
Tel: (65) 644 388 27
Opening hours: 11am – 3pm (last order 2.30pm) & 5.30 pm – 10pm (last order 9.30pm)