You might have heard of it, the meeting between Orihime and Hikoboshi, the Weaving Princess and the Cowherder. The Milky Way separates these lovers, so they are only permitted to meet once a year, on the 7th of July. You can read more of it here.
Therefore, celebrations are supposed to begin today until the weekends.
I caught wind that a Tanabata Festival is usually held at the Kappabashi Street (official website here), which extends 1.2 km, from Ueno Station to the Tsukuba Express Station in Asakusa, the famed Shitamachi Tanabata Matsuri. So I headed there with a friend for a walk.
The street was filled with streamers (吹き流し; Fukinagashi).
To celebrate Tanabata, people usually write their wishes on strips of paper, and hang them on bamboos.
These strips are known as Tanzaku. The one below was wishing for health among friends so they can hang out more.
We continue our way.
I generally hate Japanese summers, they feel warmer than Malaysia. But today was rather cloudy, and windy. There was a breeze, the streamers to swayed gently in the air.
The folks were still setting up the decorations. I was initially a little surprised why the street was so quiet, but then, it IS Thursday. I didn't realize that the celebration lasts a few days. Therefore, the real fun happens during weekends.
Finally reached the end of Kappabashi Street close to Asakusa, where the buildings are obviously older and more traditional.
It was almost six. I haven't eaten. Therefore I entered a traditional restaurant ran by a few elderly women. Their Katsu-don was very nice. I was photographed while eating.