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2004Aug5-阿佐ヶ谷七夕

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Published on Aug 13, 2007

This movie is taken in the place called Asagaya, Tokyo. It's a 5 days festival, from 5 to 9 August, 2004. The entire shopping arcade is decorated. It's fun to walk though the long streamers on the street.
July 7th is called tanabata in Japan. It's a Japanese tradition wherein people write their wishes on tanzaku papers (colorful, small strips of papers) and hang them on bamboo branches. People also hang many kinds of paper decorations on bamboo branches and place them outside their houses. Many cities and towns hold tanabata festivals and have tanabata displays, decorating the main streets. In some regions, people light lanterns and float them on the river, or float bamboo leaves on the river. Tanabata events are held all over Japan, but the festivals in Sendai-city, Miyagi Prefecture and Hiratsuka-city, Kanagawa Prefecture are particularly well-known. Huge Tanabata decorations fill the main streets in these cities and attract millions of visitors every year.

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