We invite you to join us for our first hybrid virtual and in-person event!

Tanabata is a well-known Japanese festival that originates from a Chinese love story between two stars. They are forced to separate from each other and can only meet once a year – on the seventh day of the seventh month – July 7th. Come join us as we celebrate this year’s Star Festival!

Virtual Art Seminar | 07/10/21 (2pm EDT)

On Saturday, July 10th, Carol Morland will host a virtual art seminar and guide us through Tanabata’s rich history and the ways it has been represented in Japanese art – from ancient to modern.

Carol Morland Bio:
Carol Morland, PhD, has lived, worked, and traveled extensively in Asia. She has served as a Smithsonian Journeys Expert on tours to Japan and has taught at a variety of institutions, including the University of Hawaii and Temple University-Japan. Most recently, she has been an instructor for Encore Learning in Arlington, VA. At present, she is editing a Japanese-English dictionary of art terms to be published this summer.

In-Person Festival | 07/11/21 (2pm-4pm EDT)

The following day, on Sunday, July 11th, all are welcome to join us from 2pm-4pm at our in-person Tanabata Festival. It will be full of family-friendly activities such as:

Origami
Calligraphy
Yukata Dressing
Kendama
Tanzaku Wish Writing
Sticker Passport

We will also have a mini-bazaar of manga/anime books and Japanese related items etc. We will be accepting cash, card, or checks with all proceeds from the mini-bazaar will go towards Study Japanese in Arlington’s free programs.

SAN-J has generously supported us with their bottles of SAN-J Japanese Gluten Free Soy Sauce which will also be offered for a suggested donation of $5 for 2 bottles.

If you have any items you wish to donate, please contact us at sja2018sja@gmail.com by Wednesday, June 30th.

We will be distributing this user-friendly booklet at the in-person Tanabata Festival. Feel free to download and print it in advance. It includes more information about Tanabata, a coloring section, a word search, and more. 

For more information about Tanabata, click here!

If you have any questions, please email us at: sja2018sja@gmail.com.

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