When: Saturday, July 27, 2019
10:00am – 3:00pm

Where: The Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens
4155 Linnean Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel. 202.686.5807

Tickets available:
$18 – General Admission
$15 – Senior
$12 – Hillwood and JASWDC Members
$10 – Student
$5 – Active Military Members
$5 – Children (ages 6-18)

**Free for children under 6 and children of active military service members.

**Please call 202.686.5807 for military pricing.

Tanabata, the Japanese Star Festival, celebrates the legend of Orihime, the weaver princess, and Hikoboshi, the herder, lovers separated by the Milky Way who are allowed to meet just once a year on one day during the summer months.

Hillwood and the Japan-America Society of Washington DC invite you to celebrate this festive holiday at Hillwood.
  • Explore the enchanting Japanese-style garden
  • Hear Japan’s famous Tanabata legend brought to life through story, song, and visual arts by storyteller Tara McGowan
  • Listen to delightful music, performed by the Washington Toho Koto Society
  • Write poems and special wishes on colorful strips of paper, called tanzaku, to hang on bamboo, following the traditional Japanese custom to celebrate Tanabata
  • Decorate a paper lantern, make paper ornaments, try your hand at Japanese calligraphy, and more
**Please note: Performances take place rain or shine and are located inside the visitor center theater and conservatory. 

Schedule of Activities

Kamishibai Storytelling
10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Koto Music
11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.

Guided Tours of the Japanese-style Garden
11:10 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 1:10 p.m., 2:10 p.m.

Tanzaku, Origami, Calligraphy, and Paper Lantern Decorating
10 a.m.-3 p.m.