Meiji Shrine and Harajuku

Tour Report of Meiji Shrine & Harajuku on July 7, 2024

Meiji Shrine and Harajuku

What will you wish for the Happy Star Festival?

Thank you to those who participated in the Tokyo Free Walking Tour (TFWT) at Meiji Shrine & Harajuku.  We welcomed 26 guests from the USA, Canada, Italy, Germany, Portugal, the UK, Netherlands, and Chile to this heat island city, Tokyo.  We hope you all enjoyed and shared interesting and informative conversations with each other during the tour.

Here are the group photos and snapshots:


7th of July is called “Tanabata,” Happy Star Festival.  This is one of the Japanese traditional annual events, and related to the old story in China.

That is, July 7 is the only day when the two distant stars, the princess and prince star, can reunite although they are forced to live apart from each other for the rest of the year.  According to the story, the couple was lazy and didn’t work at all after marriage, so God separated those two to one side and the other side of the Milky Way.

On this day, we Japanese decorate bamboo branches with colorful paper ornaments and paper strips with our wishes on it.

Please refer to the Tour Report of East Garden of Imperial Palace on July 6 as well so that you can find various Tanabata Festivals held around Tokyo.  Also, the following information would be good for the people who will stay in Japan till August: (Enlish)

We hope you can find more and more local events attractive during your stay in Japan!

Coming soon next in the Meiji-Jingu Museum is “A Breath of Fresh Air with Beauty and Culture”  How did the old people spend in hot weather those days when there were neither air-conditioners nor fridges?

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