Join Japan-America Society of Washington DC and Hillwood Estate for a wonderful Tanabata celebration at Hillwood Gardens on July 7th from 5:30-8:00PM EDT!

Tickets on sale here!

July 7th, 5:30-8:00 PM EDT

Tanabata, the Japanese Star Festival, celebrates the legend of Orihime, the weaver princess, and Hikoboshi, the herder, lovers separated by the Milky Way who are allowed to meet just once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month.

Enjoy a summer evening relaxing in Hillwood’s spectacular gardens, and take part in festive outdoor entertainment, on Hillwood’s expansive Lunar Lawn:

  • Listen to delightful music performed outdoors on the Lunar Lawn by the Washington Toho Koto Society.
  • Explore the enchanting Japanese-style garden.
  • Bring a blanket or lawn chairs from home and enjoy a physically distanced picnic on the spacious Lunar Lawn. Sandwiches, drinks, and snacks are available for purchase from Merriweather To Go.
  • Pick up a kit to decorate a paper lantern, as you relax in your group’s physically distanced seating area on the lawn.
  • Individually packaged kits of colorful strips of paper and writing materials will also be available for making tanzaku—special wishes and poems traditionally hung on bamboo for Tanabata. Take the materials to your physically distanced area on the lawn to write your tanzaku, then bring them over to hang on a potted bamboo “tree.”
  • While here, be sure to explore the outdoor sculpture exhibition, Kristine Mays: Rich Soil.

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