Embassy of Japan to Hold Online Tanabata 2020 in Second Week of July

The Embassy of Japan, in collaboration with the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Centre (CJCC) and the Japan Foundation Asia Centre (JFAC), is going to hold “Online Tanabata 2020” in the second week of July.

According to a press release from the Embassy of Japan in Phnom Penh issued this afternoon, the “Online Tanabata 2020” will take place from July 11-12, instead of the annual event “Tanabata Festival” organised since 2004, to promote cultural exchanges between Japan and Cambodia.

Tanabata is a Japanese traditional festival, celebrated every year on July 7 in Japan to recall a story of a couple lovers ―Weaver princess and Herdsman― in the sky. Based on the Tanabata story, the two lovers are separated by the Amanogawa River and allowed to meet once a year on 7th July. On the day, Japanese people write their wishes on colourful strips of paper and hang them on bamboo trees to make their wishes come true.

“During ‘Online Tanabata 2020’ in Cambodia, we will put big branches of bamboo with colorful decorations at the Embassy of Japan. We would like to invite people to join ‘Online Tanabata 2020’ by sending their wishes from June 23-July 5, 2020. All the wishes will be hanged on bamboo stalks in the Embassy of Japan with other decorated ornaments and will be shown in the opening video of ‘Online Tanabata 2020’,” said the press release.

Some of them will be selected to be posted on Online Tanabata 2020’s Event Page, said the same source, adding that people can send their wish in Khmer, Japanese or English with their name or nickname. Their wishes and given information might be shown to public.

Those who want to join the celebration of “Online Tanabata 2020” can send their wishes through the google link: https://forms.gle/uf3xcWmf38guExu47, concluded the press release.


Source: Agency Kampuchea Press