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Event: Tanabata: Star Festival / 日本: 七夕祭り

National Museum Cardiff
7 & 8 July 2018, 10am - 4pm
Cost Free
Suitability All

Tanabata is the Japanese ‘Star Festival’.

Legend has it that the two gods, Orihime and Hikoboshi, represented by stars can only meet once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th month. Tanabata celebrates this special occasion.


The Museum welcomes you celebrate Tanabata with us and enjoy workshops, activities and performances marking this traditional summer event.

Try your hand at Japanese calligraphy, write your wishes on colourful tanzaku (wish strips) and hang them on bamboo trees in a traditional Tanabata custom. 

You can also try on a kimono, take part in take part in martial art demonstrations, listen to Japanese style drumming – and more!


Tanabata is being celebrated alongside Kizuna a special exhibition celebrating the bond between Japan and Wales.

This event is generously funded by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.








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