Tomorrow is the first day of Japan Fair! The theme for Japan Fair is Tanabata. Today, July 7th, is Tanabata!

So what is Tanabata? It's celebrated on July 7th and many festivals happen all around Japan. According to the story, Orihime, a princess, and Hikoboshi fell in love and got married. However, they are on either side of the river (Milky Way) keeping them from meeting each other. A bridge appears every year on the 7th day of the 7th month, allowing them to be together.

As Japan Fair, we would like to celebrate the visitors, exhibitors, and communities coming together once a year like Orihime and Hikoboshi.

A very common tradition of Tanabata in Japan is to write your wishes on strips of colorful paper called tanzaku and tie them to bamboo. That way, your wishes will be granted.

There will be bamboo and tanzaku at Japan Fair 2017, so come write your wish to have it granted!