Kappabashi-dori bursts into vivid colors with floating paper streamers and all sorts of decorations. The Tanabata (七夕), or Star Festival is approaching.Around the 7th of July, Kappabashi-hondori, a street lined with small shops leading up to
It is based on an old Chinese tale of two stars being able to meet only once per year, on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. In modern Japan, people write their wishes on small colored strips of paper (the tanzaku) which are attached to bamboo stalks which are erected along with the other decorations. Like other summer festivals such as obon and the summer fireworks, it is a good occasion to dress up in a summer kimono (the yukata) and take a stroll through the decorated streets.