Tanabata Star Festival at Kew Gardens
Date: 10.30 – 16:00, Wednesday 2 & Thursday 3 August 2017
Place: Bamboo Garden and Minka House Royal Botanical Gardens,
Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB
Entry fee: Included with entry to the Gardens
No booking required – just turn up on the day!
Tanabata is a 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. In collaboration with The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, Japan House London, the Embassy of Japan, and the Japan Society welcome all visitors to celebrate Tanabata with us and to enjoy workshops, activities and performances marking this ancient summer event.
Try your hand at Japanese calligraphy and write your wishes on colourful tanzaku (wish strips) during all-day workshops. You can also learn how to make origami, follow the Tanabata Treasure Trail and discover the fascinating story of Tanabata through kamishibai (Japanese storyboard theatre) performances by A Thousand Cranes theatre company.