Tanabata: Japan’s Star Festival

July 9, 2017
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Family Program

Sunday, July 9, 1-4 PM

Make a wish as we explore the Tanabata legend of star-crossed lovers (Hikoboshi and Orihime) through a shadow puppetry performance led by Kanako Hiyama, in an interactive setting with joyful songs. In addition, create your own Milky Way stars, Hikoboshi and Orihime dolls, paper ornaments and a tanzaku, thin paper strips for writing wishes to decorate bamboo branches. Recommended for children ages 3-10 and accompanying adults.

Event Schedule:

1:00 PM
 Festival begins. Pre-theater craft making; festival-related food is available for purchase.
2:00 Puppetry Theater Presentation
 Crafts: Tanabata dolls and paper ornaments to decorate bamboo trees (tanzaku)
 Festival ends

Tickets: $15/$8 members; children ages 2 or under free. Space is limited: advance ticket purchase recommended.

This program will be photographed and video-taped. Program content subject to change.

Related Resources:

Essay: Japan’s Star Festival (Tanabata)

Lesson Unit for Educators: Tanabata
Healthy Japanese light meals, snacks and festival-related refreshments available for purchase by .

Family Programs are generously supported by Nissan Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Kumon Centers of Manhattan and the Wendy Obernauer Foundation.

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Student and Family Programs are supported by the New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Education and Family Programs are made possible by Chris A. Wachenheim and The Norinchukin Foundation, Inc.

Additional support is provided by James and Beatrice Del Favero and James Read Levy.

  • Sunday, July 9, 2017
  • 1:00 pm