Mobara Tanabata Festival

A popular annual event in Mobara is the Tanabata Festival, during which a wide array of stalls and parades dominate much of the city's central shopping district. While the rest of Japan usually celebrates Tanabata on July 7, the Mobara festival is held in late July so as to coincide with school holidays. Tanabata (七夕, meaning "Evening of the seventh") is a Japanese star festival, originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival.[1] It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The date of Tanabata varies by region of the country, but the first festivities begin on July 7 of the Gregorian calendar. The celebration is held at various days between July and August. [ref]

The Tanabata Festival in Mobara ran over the 3 days (July 27-29) culminating with YAKOSOI on Sunday and it was an excellent display by all the various organisations such as the local schools and the Tokyo Metro. I managed to stay for the entire YOKOSOI event and here are some of the photos below.

It was a really hot day...

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