In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection, we will hold it as a Tanabata Festival with a significantly reduced scale of decoration. We would like to ask everyone outside the prefecture to refrain from visiting the venue in order to curb the flow of people across prefectural borders. We sincerely apologize to everyone outside the prefecture who is looking forward to the Sendai Tanabata Festival, but we appreciate your understanding.

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.

About Sendai Tanabata Festival