Asagaya Tanabata Matsuri, Star Festival

Tanabata (七夕) festivals (star festivals) are usually held in shopping streets such as the one in Asagaya. Colored paper streamers and – in case of the Asagaya one – big papier-mâché figures give ordinary shopping streets a magic look.

Despite most people looking up and not to the left or the right, this is also a festival for the shops alongside the street. I’ve never been to the Asagaya shopping street before, which starts just opposite Asagaya Station’s South Exit.

While the festival starts at 10am, I recommend going in the evening. You get stronger colors in the evening. Most people seem to think the same – as you can see on the photos, it’s crowded, but not too crowded.

Tanabata Matsuri is held in the shopping area near JR Asagaya Station on the Chuo Line.

Mia Jaap

Journalist, developer and passionate about Japanese and Korean language. Japan is my #1 country for travelling, penguins my favourite animals.

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