Japan’s Star Festival: Tanabata

July 8, 2018
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Family Program

Sunday, July 8, 2–4 PM

Come make a wish with us as we explore the Tanabata legend of star-crossed lovers Hikoboshi and Orihime through storytelling and craft-making. After an interactive storytelling session filled with songs, create your own paper ornaments and tanzaku wish strips to decorate the bamboo branches in Japan Society’s lobby.

2:00 PMCreate paper ornaments and tanzaku wish strips to decorate bamboo trees
Festival-related food is available for purchase from BentOn
2:30 PMStorytelling performance
3:15 PMCreate paper ornaments and tanzaku wish strips to decorate bamboo trees
4:00 PMClose

Recommended for children ages 3-10 and accompanying adults. Space is limited: advance ticket purchase recommended.

Tickets: $15/$8 members; children ages 2 or under free. Free for Cool Culture families.

Box Office Policy

This event will be photographed and videotaped.

Family Programs are generously supported by the Nissan Foundation and Kumon Centers of Manhattan.


Education and Family Programs receive generous support from Chris A. Wachenheim, the United States-Japan Foundation, The Norinchukin Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Additional support is provided by James Read Levy and Hiroko Onoyama.

Healthy Japanese light meals, snacks and festival-related refreshments available for purchase by  .

Japan Society is a partner of Cool Culture, a not-for-profit organization that provides access, information, and support to low-income families so that they can visit New York City’s outstanding museums and other cultural institutions with their children. With a Cool Culture Family Pass, families receive free entry at any time to ninety museums, botanical gardens, and zoos. Your Cool Culture Family Pass gives you free admission to the Japan Society’s Galleries, Family Programs and Family Festivals.

  • Sunday, July 8, 2018
  • 2:00 pm