Tanabata Matsuri 2023

Japan America Society of Alabama
Tanabata Matsuri

July 8th 2023, 9 pm to 12 pm

Birmingham Botanical Gardens: 2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham, AL

Japan America Society of Alabama invites you to join them on July 8th 2023 to celebrate the Tanabata Matsuri or Star Festival. The festival is a celebration of the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hoshiboshi who are represented by Vega and Altair respectively. According to legend, the Milky Way separates these two lovers and they can only meet once per year on the seventh day of the seventh month. Festivities will include making wishes on tanzaku and hanging them on bamboo trees, general Japanese cultural activities, displays by the Bonsai Society of Alabama, ikebana presentations, and a tea ceremony demonstration by Urasenke Chado of Birmingham.