Last additions - Fussa Tanabata Matsuri Festival 2009 福生七夕まつり
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My YouTube video of the Fussa Tanabata Star Festival in 2009.Jun 06, 2010
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Tanabata Galaxy Street. Also see the Sendai Tanabata and Asagaya Tanabata.Aug 20, 2009
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Brass band parafe by Self-Defense Force.Aug 20, 2009
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Tanabata Galaxy Street had food stalls.Aug 20, 2009
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Daiichi Elementary School had a stage for performances, etc. There were numerous performers every day of the festival.Aug 20, 2009
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Entrance to the Daiichi Elementary School.Aug 20, 2009
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Samba dancers at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo. Also see my YouTube video here.Aug 20, 2009
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Samba dancer at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, TokyoAug 20, 2009
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Samba dancer at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, TokyoAug 20, 2009
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Samba dancer at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, TokyoAug 20, 2009
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Samba dancer at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, TokyoAug 20, 2009
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Samba dancer at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, TokyoAug 20, 2009
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Samba dancer at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, TokyoAug 20, 2009
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Mini samba parade at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, TokyoAug 20, 2009
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We also saw a mini samba parade promoting a college wrestling event.Aug 20, 2009
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Anpan Man of course. What would a tanabata festival be without this character?Aug 20, 2009
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Chinese-style tanabata decoration.Aug 20, 2009
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Barack Obama at Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo. A very good likeness.1 commentsAug 20, 2009
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On the reverse side of MJ, was Barack Obama, Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, TokyoAug 20, 2009
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Michael Jackson tribute in Aug. 2009, Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, Tokyo. Very good likeness.1 commentsAug 20, 2009
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The decorations on Ginza-dori were more creative.Aug 20, 2009
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A band parade by local school children.Aug 20, 2009
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Fussa manhole depicting tanabata festival in Tokyo.Aug 20, 2009
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Another road with tanabata decorations in Fussa was this Ginza-dori road, also outdoors.Aug 20, 2009
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Making their way through Ekimae-dori.Aug 20, 2009
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Japan's largest Tanabata Matsuri is in Sendai. Tanabata in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa and Asagaya in Tokyo are also well known.Aug 20, 2009
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Quite a few people wore yukata.Aug 20, 2009
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The weaver is represented by the Vega star and the herdsman by the Altair star. As a prayer to produce better arts and crafts, the Imperial Court and the warrior class paid homage to these two stars from ancient times. This practice spread to the masses.Aug 20, 2009
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The festival is said to have originated from a Star Festival in China. According to Chinese legend, east of the Milky Way there was a Heavenly King whose daughter worked as a weaver. However, when she married a herdsman, she quit weaving.Aug 20, 2009
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MJ who died in June 2009.Aug 20, 2009
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This angered her father who banished the herdsman to the other side of the Milky Way. He allowed the two to meet only once a year on the evening of the seventh day of the seventh month (according to the lunar calendar).Aug 20, 2009
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Fussa Tanabata Matsuri, TokyoAug 20, 2009
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Ekimae-dori road had outdoor tanabata decorations. In fact, there are no indoor arcade areas for tanabata in Fussa.Aug 20, 2009
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Fussa's biggest event is the Fussa Tanabata Matsuri. The 59th festival was held during Aug. 6-9, 2009. I visited on Aug. 9, 2009.Aug 20, 2009
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Area in front of Fussa Station's west exit.Aug 20, 2009
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Tanabata decorations on the west side of Fussa Station.1 commentsAug 20, 2009
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JR Fussa Station. Go out the West (Nishiguchi) exit for the Tanabata Matsuri.Aug 20, 2009
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JR Fussa StationAug 20, 2009
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JR Fussa Station on the JR Ome Line is decorated with tanabata streamers during Aug. 6-9.Aug 20, 2009
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Right outside the west exit of Fussa Station was this helpful information booth, offering free maps and info about the festival.Aug 20, 2009
     
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