This weekend the Liberdade Japanese quarter was host to the Tanabata Matsuri festival, also known as star festival. It’s a Japanese festival with a tradition of more than 1,000 years, celebrated in Brazil since 1979.
We went to the Liberdade on Saturday, on a shiny day with warm temperature. Liberdade is one of those places in São Paulo that always has a reward in store for its visitors. This weekend the prize was unbeatable: the streets of Liberdade were full of colour and life, with thousands of people (whether from the Far East or not) enjoying a quiet stroll along the streets.
Along the colourful decoration, the central element of the Tanabata are the tanzakus, messages hang from the trees where the public write their petitions to the Gods.
During the weekend there is schedule of colourful folk presentations.
The oriental community takes part in the festival en masse.
The whole album with the pictures I took on Saturday can be found here: Tanabata Matsuri in São Paulo.
Make a note on your calendar so you don’t miss the festival next year – it takes place at the beginning of the month of July.
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