In Hokkaido, Tanabata is celebrated on August 7th; in the rest of Japan it is celebrated on July 7th. Legend has it that on only this one day of year, the two lovers, weaver star Vega and shepherd star Altair meet in the Milky Way. On this day children write their wishes and hang them on bamboo branches. In the rest of Japan children go door to door asking for candles, in Hokkaido they get sweets.
I love learning about Japanese traditions and festivals!