Sendai Tanabata Festival

What is Sendai Tanabata Festival?

The world’s most elegant festival of paper and bamboo

Sendai Tanabata Festival has been passed down through the generations as a traditional event that dates back to the era of Date Masamune, the first lord of Sendai Domain. Today, the festival is known nationwide for its elegance—derived from an ancient Japanese star festival—as well as its gorgeous decorations.

Tanabata festivals are traditionally held throughout Japan on July 7, a date based on the old Chinese calendar. The Sendai Tanabata Festival, however is held from August 6 to 8, based on a calendar that is one month later than the old Chinese calendar, in order to keep to the seasonality of the old festival.

During the festival, the entire city—including central Sendai and neighboring shopping districts—is filled with colorful Tanabata decorations. The festival is visited by more than two million tourists every year.

Event Outline

Name
Sendai Tanabata Festival
Date
August 6 to August 8
Schedule
[Decorating time]
August 6 and 7: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (planned)
August 8: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (planned)

[Festival space opening hours] *Kotodai Park Citizens’ Square
August 6 to 8: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Location
Central Sendai and neighboring shopping districts
*Sendai Tanabata Fireworks event will be held around Sendai Nishi Park

*The map shows approximate locations.

Roads around Sendai City will be congested during the Tanabata Festival.
Please use public transportation (subway, bus, and taxi) as much as possible.

Description
[Bamboo decorations]
Gorgeous bamboo decorations are displayed in an area stretching from Sendai Station and Chuo-dori Avenue to Ichibancho Arcade. In addition, simple, traditional bamboo decorations can also be seen in neighboring shopping districts.

[Festival space] *Kotodai Park Citizens’ Square
Workshops for creating Nanatsu-kazari decorations and tanzaku votive notes, Tanabata dance, on-stage events, a food court where you can enjoy Sendai’s delicious cuisine, fantastic illuminations inspired by the Milky Way, and much, much more.
Contact
Sendai Tanabata Festival Support Association
(head office: Sendai Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
2-16-12 Honcho, Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi 980-0014
Phone: 022-265-8185

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