City of Osaka, Japan turns its river into the Milky Way with thousands of sparkling lights
On July 7th, the city of Osaka turned Ohkawa River into the Milky Way with the help of 50,000 LED lights for the festival of Tanabata.
July 7th is a special festival day in Japan. Known as Tanabata (evening of the seventh), the Japanese celebrate the once-a-year meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi, who are lovers separated by the Milky Way. The two are allowed to see each other on the seventh night of the seventh month of the lunar year, and celebrations continue into early August all over Japan. Besides festivals, Tanabata is mostly known for the custom of writing wishes on paper and hanging them on bamboo trees. The trees eventually get covered in colorful paper with everyone's wishes and dreams written on them.
As many of you know, not many stars are visible in the night sky when you live in a big city. So what the city of Osaka decided to do was turn a river into the Milky Way. Using 50,000 LED lights, the city turned the Ohkawa River into the wondrous galaxy.
Here's to hoping everyone's wishes come true.
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