Tanabata is the celebration of the myth of the two lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi, two stars separated by the Milky Way. Once each year on the 7th of July or August, they are allowed to meet. While their story represents the basis of Tanabata, the day is celebrated in many different ways. Most common is the writing of wishes on colorful paper streamers and hanging them outside on a bamboo pole. Sometimes odori (dancing) is combined with the celebration of Tanabata and some towns take the opportunity to hold a matsuri (festival) like this large one in Mobara, Chiba Prefecture.

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