Sendai Tanabata Matsuri

Cultural in Sendai

Sendai’s biggest event celebrates a Chinese legend about the stars Vega and Altair. Vega was the king’s daughter who fell in love with and married Altair, a common herder. The king disapproved, so he formed the Milky Way between them. Once a year magpies are supposed to spread their wings across the universe so that the lovers can meet – traditionally on 7 July (on the old lunar calendar).