July 28, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California
$5-10 Suggested Donation Per Person
Matt Okada, Director of Programs

Tanabata Holiday Decoration Workshop

Saturday, July 28, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
$5-10 Suggested Donation Per Person

Children Ages 5-12 Must Be Accompanied By An Adult
Advance Registration Required
Registration Deadline: Saturday, July 21, 2018




This year the Center will be hosting a crafts workshop to teach you how to construct your very own mini-kusudama kazari (decoration) for the Tanabata Japanese holiday! This workshop is open to all ages to come and decorate their kazari with their own designs and have them displayed in the Center. Come join us and make colorful kazari to celebrate the holiday!

Every year the Tanabata festival is celebrated around the world in commemoration of the stars Orihime (Vega) and Kengyu (Altair), two lovers separated by the Milky Way except for this one night. Originating in China, this romantic story became popular in Japan beginning in the 8th century and is still widely celebrated to this day.

Tanabata means the “7th evening,” and is celebrated during the 7th night of the 7th month. Due to Japan’s change from the lunar calendar to the Gregorian calendar, it is often celebrated on July 7th, but traditionally it is held in August, when the sky is clear and the two stars are closest in the sky. The Tanabata festival is often characterized by writing wishes on colorful strips of paper (tanzaku) onto sprigs of bamboo branches , but another popular decoration is the kusudama, the colorful, round decorations with long strips of paper hung during the festivals. We invite individuals, families, and community organizations to come and construct your very own kusudama! Kusudama will be returned to participants in August following the close of the Tanabata holiday.