Beauty in all directions (Photo: Ritsuko Maro)

Sendai Tanabata 2024

Getting bigger and better every year

Ritsuko Maro   - 1 min read
Venue : Kōtōdaikōen shimin hiroba When : Early Aug 2024

The Tanabata (Starlight) Festival in Sendai is the nation’s largest. It is so big in fact that the city of a million actually more than doubles its population over the three day event held August 6th – 8th. Many visitors come on August 5th to see the pre-festival fireworks show. Still, the main attraction of the centuries old festival has always been the colorful streamers covering the shopping arcades throughout all of downtown.

Locals have noticed the festival seems to be growing with each year. There are more festival venders selling food or offering games, and an increasing number of large and private businesses putting up their own decorations.

Enjoy the creative, unique, or bizarre designs which change every year. Do note decorations are not visible late at night, as they are wrapped in plastic or taken down for security reasons. Besides that, bring a camera!

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Ritsuko Maro

Ritsuko Maro @ritsuko.maro533

Had been an English instructor for children for 15 years.  Also a computer instructor at a PC school in Shiogama city, the volunteer staff at events taken place in Shiogama city. Currently a temporary office worker in Sendai, a member of Tagajo city International Exchange Association Junior club,...