Tanabata, or the Star Festival, is held on the evening of July 7. The festival traces its origins to the legend of the Cowherd Star (Altair) and Weaver Star (Vega). Children and adults write their wishes on narrow strips of colored paper and hang them, along with other paper ornaments, on bamboo branches set up in the Japanese garden.
Join us in the Japanese Garden at the special bamboo arrangement. Stations will be set up for you to make a wish and hang it on the arrangement.
Written wishes hang in a bamboo tree at Zojoji temple in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: EPA/Universal Images Group