The story of Tanabata is interesting, it is a love story. You can read about it here and also here. The date of the actual holiday is July 7th, but Misawa has its festival the last weekend in July.
I like to go out twice - once during the daylight to see all of the decorations, and then again after dark to see them all lit up!
Here are a few of our pictures from last year, from the after dark walk down the street.
Each year there seems to be a different large decoration that depicts the story of Tanabata, and that one is always my favorite, especially at night when it is illuminated. This was last year's:
This decoration featured a rocket and several planets: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and Earth I think?
A somewhat rare picture of Jeff and I:
If we look hot, it's because we were. Late July is typically hot and HUMID here. Thankfully it's been rainy and cooler lately, so maybe today will be a better day to be out wandering around.
I'm eager to see the decorations for this year's festival and will be taking a lot of pictures, I'm sure!