Tanabata Festival Gate
The Tanabata festival is held in honor of the two star lovers who meet once a year. Traditionally it's held on the 7/7 on the Chinese Luna Calendar, but as Japan has adopted the Gregorian calendar for a long time now, many people celebrate it on July 7th. This festival along the Kamogawa (Kamo river) was an exception to both of these dates as it was held on August 1 to 10, the 7/7 of on the Luna calendar was not until later in August that year. If it had been held on July 7th it would have clashed with the Gion Matsuri in Kyoto and if it was held on 7/7 on the luna calendar date that year, it would have clashed with the Obon Matsuri.
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