A group of U.S. service members pose in traditional Japanese kimonos during the Tanabata Festival in Misawa City, Japan, July 26, 2019. This wide sleeve loose robe is typically worn as a formal garment for special occasions. Attendees participated in a Yukata fashion contest, displaying the garment for judges and audience members to observe and enjoy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)
A group of U.S. service members pose in traditional Japanese kimonos during the Tanabata Festival in Misawa City, Japan, July 26, 2019. This wide sleeve loose robe is typically worn as a formal garment for special occasions. Attendees participated in a Yukata fashion contest, displaying the garment for judges and audience members to observe and enjoy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Branden Yamada)

Misawa Tanabata Festival forges U.S., Japan friendships

by Senior Airman Collette Brooks
35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- The Tanabata “Star” Festival took place in Misawa City, Japan, July 26, 2019. The festival originated from an ancient Chinese legend about two lovers: Princess Orihime, the Vega star who weaved clouds, and Hikoboshi, the Altair star, a cattle herder.

China locals introduced this festival around the 8th century hoping to improve their sewing or handwriting skills, but now, write their wishes on strips of colorful paper and hang them on trees.

This annual event aids in strengthening the relationship among Team Misawa members and the local community through fun, food and festivities. This celebration ties two nations together as allies and friends creating a positive bond for a long-lasting connection.

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