Tanabata Washi Candle Night at Zojoji Temple
In case you were worried that Orihime and Hikoboshi may not meet this year, fear not — it’s a clear starry night on the ground at the Tanabata Washi Candle Night at Zojoji Temple. About 3,500 candles using traditional Japanese paper will be scattered across 80 meters of the temple grounds mimicking the Milky Way galaxy on the ground, lighting the way to the main temple.
Each paper candle has a handwritten message or drawing, the work of nursery school and preschool kids from Tokyo and Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures. The messages contain the children’s wishes, dreams, and hopes for the future.