Tanabata Star Festival, Origami, and Okinawan Cultural Exhibition

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Come Join the Japan-America Society of Greater Austin (JASGA) for a fun Tanabata Star celebration, Origami, tanabta dance, and Okinawan Art Exhibition at a garden/parking lot at Okinawa Arts Research Studies World Scene (OARS.WS) in Jonestown on July 7th at 7:00-8:30PM, cdt!

Tanabata, the Japanese Star Festival, celebrates the legend of Orihime, the weaver princess, and Hikoboshi, the herder, lovers separated by the Milky Way who are allowed to meet just once a year, on the seventh day of the seventh month.

We will practice the ancient Tanabata ritual of tanzaku: You make a wish, write down on a slip of paper, hang it on a bamboo branch, and send it off into the sky. We will also make Tanabata decoration items with origami paper, as well as other origami ornaments

You will have a chance to receive a mask with a prizewinning design from Japan Foundation or a Sanrio mask from Kinokuniya!  Also you will have an Uchiwa (Japanese hand fun) from JAL and ANA!

Enjoy wearing your favorite yukata and dancing tanabata odori together at the Tanabata festival!
Date/time: July 7, 2021 at 7:00-8:30 pm, CDT
Place:  Okinawa Arts Research Studies World Scene
            18400 FM 1431, Jonestown, TX 78645 

Wearing a face mask is recommended. If adult participants have not been vaccinated, we'd like to ask that you help maintain safety for everyone.

This event is free and open to the public. Your donation is greatly appreciated!


Okinawa Arts Research Studies World Scene (OARS.WS) is a family non-profit cultural organization. We support various individuals and groups to bring attention to the communities about the different arts that are shared with Okinawa including music, dance, eisa (drumming), karate, textiles, pottery, and more.  We practice sanshin (three string snake skin covered lute), karate, and provide an area for other art exhibits, seminars, & workshops.