Japenese Embassy to Hold Online Tanabata 2020 This Weekend

AKP Phnom Penh, July 06, 2020 —

The Embassy of Japan, in collaboration with the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Centre (CJCC) and the Japan Foundation Asia Centre (JFAC), is going to hold “Online Tanabata 2020” from July 11-12, 2020, instead of the annual event “Tanabata Festival” organised since 2004, to promote cultural exchanges between Japan and Cambodia.

According to the embassy’s press release issued this morning, Tanabata is a Japanese traditional festival, celebrated every year on July 7 in Japan to recall a story of a couple lovers ―Weaver princess and Herdsman― in the sky. Based on the Tanabata story, the two lovers are separated by the Amanogawa River and allowed to meet once a year on July 7. On the day, Japanese people write their wishes on colorful strips of paper and hang them on bamboo trees to make their wishes come true.

During Online Tanabata 2020 from July 11-12, 2020, the same source continued, there will be various online Japanese cultural activities on Facebook Event Page of Online Tanabata 2020 such as how to make Tanabata decoration, online animation workshop, Digicon6-awarded short movie show, Japanese and Cambodian traditional cloth “Yukata” and “Kben” wearing demonstration, paper art sessions of “Origami” (folding papers) and Origami accessary, Japanese cooking session and more.

By C. Nika