Tanabata: Japanese Star Festival


Saturday, July 27, 2019 10:00AM


Tanabata, the Japanese Star Festival, celebrates the legend of Orihime, the weaver princess, and Hikoboshi, the herder, lovers separated by the Milky Way who are allowed to meet just once a year on one day during the summer months.

Hillwood and the Japan-America Society of Washington DC invite you to celebrate this festive holiday at Hillwood.


  • Explore the enchanting Japanese-style garden.

  • Hear Japan’s famous Tanabata legend brought to life through story, song and visual arts by storyteller Tara McGowan.

  • Listen to delightful music performances, performed by the Washington Toho Koto Society.

  • Write poems and special wishes on colorful strips of paper, called tanzaku, to hang on bamboo, following the traditional Japanese custom to celebrate Tanabata.

  • Decorate a paper lantern, make paper ornaments, try your hand at Japanese calligraphy, and more

Please note: Performances take place rain or shine and are located inside the visitor center theater and conservatory.

This program is presented in partnership with the Japan-America Society of Washington DC.



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Please select how many tickets you want to purchase.


Adult ($18.00)
Senior ($15.00)
Member ($12.00)
JASWDC Member ($12.00)
Student ($10.00)
Child (6-18) ($5.00)
Child (under 6) ($0.00)