July 7 is the official day of tanabata festivals, when celebrations of a mythical tale of literal star-crossed lovers take place all over Japan. Orihime and Hikoboshi – the lovers – were separated by the Milky Way but are allowed to reunite on July 7th.
The Tenmabashi and Nakanoshima areas of Osaka are commemorating the event by creating a version of the Milky Way, the astrological symbol of the lovers separation. Lit up by 50,000 floating LED light balls, the Okawa river promises to be a breathtaking sight.
Visitors can also take part in the celebrations by writing wishes on strips of paper and releasing them with prayer stars into the river.
Date : 7 JUL
Hours : 19:00 to 21:00
Fee : Free
Access : A short walk from Tenmabashi station at the Keihan line and the subway tanimachi-line