Tanabata Festival of Hiratsuka


Hiratsuka streets are filled with visitors at this festival.

The Hiratsuka Tanabata festival is the first to be done every year in Japan, and the largest in the Kanto region.


Evening light ornaments creating a spectacular decoration.

It is famous for their decorations, consisting of hundreds of bamboo trunks decorated with colored paper called Tanzaku and huge ornaments called Kusudama, showing traditional images or today’s hottest characters that are sponsored by companies and shops that collaborate in the event. The organizers of other Tanabata festivals also come to this famous event trying to buy this kind of decorations because they are highly prized.


These are the Tanzaku colored paper on which people write their wishes.


These Kusudama show popular characters like One Piece and the protagonists of the Disney movie “Frozen”.


Children are delighted with colorful ornaments.

Just like any Japanese summer festival, hundreds of stalls have supplied thousands of visitors with food and drink.


Thousands of visitors have plenty of choice of food and drink stalls.


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