Tanabata is the Japanese festival that celebrates the coming together of two stars, Orihime and Hikoboshi, who can only meet once a year, on the 7th day of the 7th month. This year, join us at Kew Gardens to enjoy workshops, activities and performances marking this ancient summer celebration.
Try your hand at Japanese calligraphy and write your wishes on colourful tanzaku (wish strips) during our all-day workshops. You can also learn how to make the best origami, test your skills with a kendama, follow the Tanabata Treasure Trail and discover the fascinating story of Tanabata through kamishibai (Japanese storyboard theatre) performances by A Thousand Cranes theatre company. Bamboo tours of Kew’s extensive collection will be taking place with expert Ray Townsend.
Don’t miss out on taking part in the Tanabata story!
In Japan, Tanabata celebrates the romantic story of the weaver star Orihime and the cowherd star Hikoboshi, who are separated by the Milky Way and are only allowed to meet on this one day each year. People celebrate by making paper origami decorations and writing their wishes on strips of coloured paper called tanzaku, which they hang with other paper ornaments on bamboo in the hope that their wishes will come true.
Full programme coming soon
We are keen to hear from any members who are able to volunteer as helpers at this event. Experience or knowledge of the above activities is helpful, but not essential. For details on volunteering please email email@example.com
For further information, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Standard Kew admission fee
No booking required – just turn up on the day!