PHOTOS, VIDEO: What Are Tanabata Days at Tokyo Disney Resort?

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Tanabata (Star Festival) Days is a yearly tradition at Tokyo Disney Resort. For 2015, the celebration is held from June 24th to July 7th, 2015. Tanabata Festival is one of the many summer festivals held in Japan.

Tanabata is a Japanese Festival which is typically held on various days in July and August. Also known as the “Star Festival”, Tanabata (七夕, which means “Evening of the Seventh”) celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. Legend says the Milky Way separates the two lovers and are only able to meet on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month.

One of the shorter celebrations at the Resort (lasting only two weeks) it gives guests limited merchandise, food, and shows to enjoy. One of the highlights is seeing your favourite Disney Characters dressed in traditional Japanese Yukata (summer kimono) during the Tanabata Greeeting at both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea.

Tanabata Days
Guests can also participate in “wishing”, where you write out on a special Mickey Shaped card and hang them up inside the park for them to come true. The wishing locations are in the World Bazaar (Tokyo Disneyland) and the American Waterfront (Tokyo DisneySea).

To top off the celebration guests may purchase a 1 day ticket which includes a special viewing of Tanabata Wishing. Which is a live show in the Broadway Musical Theater in Tokyo DisneySea.

More information on Tanabata (and how to buy tickets) can be found on Also, be sure to read our Tanabata Mini Trip Report for more photos.

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From a childhood filled with Disney films and cartoons to becoming a fan of Disney Parks as an adult, Chris has had a lifelong love of everything having to do with the Mouse. In 2013, he moved from Canada to Tokyo, Japan to fulfill two dreams - living abroad, and living close to a Disney park. Chris is the founder and chief content editor for - an English-language site dedicated to providing news and information about the Tokyo Disney Resort.