Tanabata: Japan’s Star Festival at Japan Society



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Tanabata: Japan’s Star Festival

Sunday, July 9 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Japan Society – 333 E. 47th Street (between First and Second Avenues)

Admission: $15/$8 members/Free children ages 2 and under

Japan Society explores the Tanabata legend through a shadow puppetry performance led by Kanako Hiyama in an interactive setting with joyful songs. Guests can create their own Milky Way stars, Hikoboshi and Orihime dolls, paper ornaments, and a tanzaku.

Healthy Japanese light meals, snacks, and festival-related refreshments will be available for purchase from BentOn.

Recommended for children ages 3-10 and accompanying adults. Space is limited; advance ticket purchase recommended. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Japan Society’s website.