Woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige

Utagawa Hiroshige, 'Ishibe,' (detail) ca. 1833–1834, woodblock print, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. James B. Austin

Tanabata (Japanese Star Festival)

Gallery One

Free with admission


Celebrate the ones you love! Tanabata is a traditional Japanese day of celebration based on folklore surrounding the meeting of two lovers kept apart all but once per year. The day is a colorful and festive affair with fun for all!

The entire family can visit our Japanese print exhibition Hiroshige’s Tōkaidō Road, make a print to take home, add wishes to the Wish Trees, participate in a decoration contest, enjoy traditional music, create origami cranes, and sample Japanese cuisine in our courtyard.