When: July 26-27
Where: In front of Mt. Tsukuba Summit Cable Car Station
Tanabata is a Japanese festival that celebrates the day that once a year Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair), star-crossed lovers separated by the Milky Way, are able to meet. The day that Tanabata is celebrated varies by region, but it is generally a day in July or August. To commemorate the occasion, people write wishes on colourful slips of paper and hang them from bamboo
In Miyukigahara, in front of the Mt. Tsukuba Summit Cable Car Station 800m above sea level, around 20 Tanabata bamboo decorations will make a grand summertime display on Mt. Tsukuba.
Tsukuba is famous for its twin peaks. Izanagi no Mikoto is enshrined on Nantai-san, and Izanami no Mikoto on Nyotai-san. Izanagi and Izanami are a couple, so it is said they possesses the virtues of harmony in marriage and matchmaking.
Miyukigahara is in the middle of Nantai-san and Nyotai-san, and is said to be a holy place where at night the two gods meet and affirm their love for one another.
There will be 1000 slips of paper for people to write wishes on being handed out from the 24-27th, so first in best dressed! Come experience a traditional Japanese festival on the beautiful Mt. Tsukuba.