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(Star Festival)
26 - 28 Jul 2019

The Tanabata Legend

Nighttime decorations This year's Tanabata Festival will take place on Friday 26 July, Saturday 27 July and Sunday 28 July. The festivities will kick off at 1PM and run until 9PM each day. The road outside the main gate from the first to the second traffic light as well as the main shopping street from the gate intersection up to the third light will be closed to vehicular traffic.

Note: The actual date for Tanabata is 7 July. However Misawa celebrates it on the last weekend in July.

Daytime decorations
The local merchants will arc bamboo poles across the street and hang colorful (sometimes lighted) decorations of paper and paper mache from the poles. Food, drink and games of chance will be offered along both streets.

While there are a few activities and entertainment that take place during the weekend, the main activitiy is just walking the streets of the festival and observing the decorations.

The main venue for activities will be Chou Koen (Central Park with the train) and the open areas outside the gate. When I can track down a copy of the event schedule, I will post it here.

The Friendship (Main) Gate will be closed to vehicle traffic from 8am on 28 July until 12:01am on 31 July. You will be able to walk through the gate. This gate will be open to pedestrian traffic during these times.
The aparking lots outside themain gate will be closed from 6pm on 27 July til 0001 on 31 July.
The Levitow (Commissary) Gate will be open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic on 28 July from 8am til 5pm. I guess you have to use the Falcon Gate dring the other hous the main gate is closed.
Both Visitor Control Parking Lots outside the main gate will be closed to vehicles from 8am on 22 July until 12:01am on 25 July. Any vehicles left in those lots after 6pm on the 21st will be towed. The BX and Commissary lots will be packed. Ride a bike or walk if you can.

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