Tanabata Star Festival at JFT Library

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July 9th, 2022 @ 11:30 am - 4:30 pm EDT

Cost: Free
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Celebrate Tanabata Festival (七夕祭り the Star Festival) at JFT Library! Tanabata is a traditional Japanese festival where people make wishes and send them to the stars. 

You are welcome to participate in a variety of cultural activities in the library:

  • Write wishes on tanzaku wish cards
  • Listen to kamishibai storytelling about Tanabata and other folk tales
  • Try Japanese games: origami fishing pond, kendama, chopsticks game
  • Take special pictures at our photo booth
  • Learn more about Tanabata and Japanese Festivals with books and audiovisual materials available in Library!
  • Check out cultural items related to Japanese festivals on display

No RSVP required, all are welcome!

Tanzaku Wish Card
11:30 – 16:30

Write your wish on tanzaku (a colourful strip of paper), then hang it on sasa (bamboo branch). Tanzaku are available at the circulation desk.



Kamishibai Storytelling
13: 30 – 14:00, 15:00 – 15:30

Kamishibai is a form of Japanese street theatre and storytelling, used to tell folk tales and children’s stories.


Origami Fishing Pond
11:30 – 13:30, 14:00 – 15:00, 15:30 – 16:30

Goldfish catching is a quintessential festival activity in Japan.
Try catching some origami sea creatures with a fishing rod.



11:30 – 13:30, 14:00 – 15:00, 15:30 – 16:30

Try traditional Japanese toy Kendama, the Japanese version of the classic cup-and-ball game.





Chopsticks Game
 11:30 – 13:30, 14:00 – 15:00, 15:30 – 16:30

Ever have difficulty using chopsticks? Strengthen your chopstick skills with this simple yet fun game!




Photo Booth
11:30 – 16:30

Take a special picture at our photo booth!



Check out Library Materials and Cultural Items on Display about Tanabata and Japanese Festivals!
11:30 – 16:30

Visitors are welcome to browse our collection of over 20,000 Japan-related materials covering a wide range of topics, including Tanabata and Japanese festivals.
If you’re new to our library, we can help you sign up for a library card!


July 9th, 2022 @ 11:30 am
July 9th, 2022 @ 4:30 pm
Doors Open:
11:30 am
Not required
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The Japan Foundation, Toronto
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The Japan Foundation, Toronto
2 Bloor St. East, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M4W 1A8 Canada
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