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Tanabata, the Star Festival of Love in Japan


Tanabata (evening of the 7th) is a Japanese star festival filled with sweets, wonder and a pride that cannot be explained.

According to the precious legend, the Milky Way (a river made from stars that crosses the sky), separates the lovers Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair). They are allowed to meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month (July). This is the day of the Tanabata festival, when we can celebrate a tale of love in a festival or carnival setting.

My host sister knew I would love the festival so we decided grab our cameras and go.

Upon arriving I realized I was in the starry sky floating along the Milky Way because I was absolutely amazed with the lights, floats and bright colors surrounding us.

Take a look around.. I’m sure you’ll enjoy yourself! I know we did.


tanabata entrance
I remember seeing a doll on camera here..
my excitement exploded into the bright colors you see everywhere.
look away
Where should we go first??
candy stand



catch one for me

banana rama

light bright

candy strawberry
Candy strawberries, candy Mickey’s and milky candy apples!
bouncy falls

rainbow liquid

candy floats

catch one for me

cotton candy for me

snard river

balloon animals


night bright

the end

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  • Reply jessica 07/28/2010 at 12:21 am

    amazing! just another reminder to start saving for a trip to japan ๐Ÿ˜›

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  • Reply Cate 07/28/2010 at 6:48 am

    Oh my it looks like such a fun and amazing time, I hope I get the chance to visit someday ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Crystal 07/28/2010 at 4:22 pm

    Wonderful! I love the way you process your photos.. You should do a tutorial!

  • Reply Aimee 08/06/2010 at 10:01 pm

    KYAAH! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ Photographers heaven!! Haha now I’m gonna be nagging my mum to take me to Japan even more! :mrgreen:

  • Reply Nora 08/20/2010 at 3:18 pm

    I wish I was there!! *_* Those bananas look delicious.
    And I love all your pictures, what filter did you use?


    • Reply Amber Renรฉe 08/20/2010 at 3:38 pm

      Thank you! I use Photoshop and just play with the pictures a lot, all manual. Fun and time-consuming.

  • Reply Kayleigh 09/20/2010 at 12:06 pm

    This takes place on my boyfriend’s birthday!!! ๐Ÿ˜€
    And this article was posted on our 14-month anniversary! Lol

    If we ever go to Japan, we have to go during that time – I would LOVE to be a part of that festival ^___^

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