Explore, Wish, Taste, Create: Celebrating Tanabata at Morikami

Friday evening’s Sushi & Stroll is especially festive as we gear up for Tanabata, Japan’s Star Festival. We’re excited to offer you a couple of ways to get in on this whimsical celebration.

The galleries will be open all evening to give you a glimpse at our current exhibit Tanabata: Japan’s Star Festival – Views of Tanabata In São Paulo, Brazil by Jade Matarazzo. The exhibit features a selection of photographs by Jade Matarazzo, who captured the Tanabata festival as it’s celebrated in São Paulo, Brazil, home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan. Take it  in with the backdrop of live Brazilian guitar music.

Beginning on Friday and continuing through July 11, we invite you to make a wish on our Tanabata tree. We’ll have colorful tanzaku slips available for you to write your wish and hang it on the bamboo tree, in keeping with Japanese custom. Need a little inspiration? Check out the wishes already on display in the galleries!

Back by popular demand, our resident Sake Specialist, Carrie Becker, will sell a range of specially selected sakes that will pair perfectly with whatever you choose from the Cornell Café, sweet or savory. Be sure to check out the café’s Sushi & Stroll menu to whet your appetite for Friday, too!

Whether you’re celebrating the Star Festival or the Stars and Stripes, you can color and fold your very own origami star. Learn how with this simple tutorial, and feel free to share your creations with us here, on facebook, instagram, twitter or pinterest. Here’s ours:

origami stars tanabata

As always, the garden will be open to stroll, and we’ll feature two taiko performances by the ever-popular Fushu Daiko. Tickets for taiko are $2, and often sell out, so be sure to get your tickets early in the evening!

With so many ways to celebrate, we hope you’ll join us for this evening full of delicious flavors, colorful sights, and captivating sounds. See you Friday!

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