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Celebrated on the 7th of July, Tanabata is a cherished tradition in Japan, steeped in folklore and filled with enchanting customs.

According to the story, these lovers are separated by the Milky Way and are only allowed to meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. This poignant tale of love and longing is at the heart of Tanabata celebrations.

The city comes alive with colorful decorations, including long streamers and intricate paper ornaments that adorn the streets, shops, and homes. One of the most beloved traditions of Tanabata is writing wishes on small strips of paper, known as tanzaku, and hanging them on bamboo branches. These wishes can be for anything, from personal aspirations to hopes for world peace. It is believed that these wishes may come true if they are made with sincerity during the festival.

For those exploring Uji during Tanabata, don’t miss the chance to stroll along the picturesque Uji River.

Whether you are making a wish, admiring the decorations, or simply soaking in the festive atmosphere, the Tanabata Festival in Uji is a delightful experience that captures the essence of Japanese culture and tradition.

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