Along the Horikawa River - it is more of a narrow canal and landscaped park - there will be an illumination to celebrate Tanabata according to the old Kyoto calendar.
Tanabata is the Japanese star festival that celebrates the once a year meeting of Vega and Altair.
The Milky Way, according to Chinese legend, separates the two lovers for 364 days of the year. On one night, July 7, they are permitted to meet.
This takes place on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. Following the Gregorian calendar, that date is July 7. However, according the older Japanese reckoning, it would be in August.
Kyoto celebrates both dates, but the illumination takes place only in August.
After a brutally hot day, a cold beer under the stars as you enjoy illumination...is about as good as it gets.
There are also events at Nijo Castle and Kamogawa Kaikan.
August 4 - 13
Along Horikawa Dori (below ground)
7 pm - 9:30 pm
Tags Japan Touring Kyoto Cycle Japanese