Osaka illuminates its waters to celebrate Tanabata

Posted on by Jin

Yesterday was Tanabata in Japan. For those who don’t know or have forgotten what Tanabata is, here’s a quick refresher of what Tanabata is directly from the source of all knowledge, Wikipedia:

Tanabata (七夕, meaning “Evening of the seventh”) is a Japanese star festival, originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The date of Tanabata varies by region of the country, but the first festivities begin on July 7 of the Gregorian calendar. The celebration is held at night.

Osaka celebrated yesterday by illuminating its rivers with 50 thousand blue, floating balls, which they called “Wish Balls.” It’s far more beautiful than it sounds.

Below is a video from last night’s event. The music in this video sounds like Final Fantasy BGM.

For more videos, you can visit the Yomiuri newspaper site (but it’s in Japanese).


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