Tokyo Daijingu Shrine’s Tanabata Festival Returns with Illuminations, Drawing Crowds

Tanabata Festival at Tokyo Daijingu Shrine

Tokyo Daijingu Shrine, a popular Shinto shrine near Kagurazaka, held its annual Tanabata prayer festival on July 7th, marking a return to public participation after pandemic restrictions.

Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival, is a traditional Japanese celebration where people write their wishes on colorful strips of paper called “tanzaku” and hang them on bamboo trees. This year, Tokyo Daijingu Shrine welcomed visitors back to partake in this age-old custom.

The shrine grounds were adorned with numerous bamboo trees, creating a vibrant and festive atmosphere. Visitors of all ages penned their heartfelt wishes for love, health, and prosperity, adding to the colorful tapestry of tanzaku swaying in the summer breeze.

As night fell, the bamboo trees were illuminated, casting a magical glow over the shrine and captivating visitors with their enchanting beauty. The illuminated display attracted a large crowd, eager to witness the spectacle and capture memorable photos.

The successful return of Tokyo Daijingu Shrine’s Tanabata festival after the pandemic hiatus brought joy and a sense of normalcy to the community. It also highlighted the enduring popularity of this cherished tradition, as people came together to celebrate and share their hopes for the future.