Hi, everyone. I’m Midori from MMN’s editorial team.
Tanabata, also known at the Star Festival, is a traditional festival in Japan held annually on July 7 which celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and and Hikoboshi who are only able to see each other once a year due to being separated by the Milky Way. During the festival, Japanese people write their wishes on strips of paper and hang them on bamboo and go stargazing.
An eleven-day Tanabata event just began at Cat Street in Harajuku in collaboration with the Sanrio characters Kiki and Lala, also known as the Little Twin Stars. The sparkly and heart-throbbing event, titled LittleTwinStars MILKYWAY MUSEUM -T A N A B A T A- PRODUCED BY LIDDELL, invites people to celebrate Tanabata together with the characters amongst its gorgeous decorations and photo spots.
Upon entering the exhibition, visitors are met by a large crescent moon which they can sit on and hold star balloons to take a photo. The fluffy floating clouds are extremely cute too. The background also reminds one of Tanabata with its Milky Way-like starry sky.
This pure white wreath is inspired by Lala. Normally, you would hang your wishes from bamboo during Tanabata, but at this event you can put them on this wonderful wreath♡ The more strips of paper people hang on it the more busy and beautiful it becomes!
This cosy little booth is based on Kiki. Inside it is a bed of clouds which the Little Twin Stars are always sleeping on. The whole booth is packed full of fluffy clouds and cushions with draping stars so you can take some really nice photos. If you lay down on the bed you can see an enchanting light illuminate the ceiling. You won’t want to come away!
Right next to this is the “Moviegenic Booth.” A video plays while inside here featuring Kiki and Lala celebrating a cute Tanabata. This is a perfect spot to put on your Instagram story! And since it’s a video it means you’ll get a different photo from everyone else.
Floating overhead on the first floor are pink and light blue clouds which you can hang your wishes from too. If you search through them you’ll find wishes written by Kiki and Lala and their friends too, so be sure to take a look.
Up on the second floor you can get your hands on some exclusive Kiki and Lala merchandise and dine at the themed cafe.
The cafe is a collaboration with Achi Base, a cafe located in Nagano Prefecture’s village of Achi which is often called the most beautiful place in Japan for stargazing. Why not order one of their refreshing, limited-time herb teas? They are served in a cup with frozen berries. Grab a cup and serve yourself.
The liquid in the tank is a light blue colour, but…
When it runs into the cup it turns pink!
Even the tables in the cafe are super cute. If you pop your cup of tea on them they make for an extra kawaii photo.
No place in the entire exhibition has been neglected by Kiki and Lala as even behind the merchandise shelves are some sparkly pink decorations♡
Items at the shop include pink badges, folders and more―plenty of stationery and other things you can use in your day-to-day life. For more info on what’s on offer check out the official website (Japanese).
The exhibition runs on 8 slots per day so there is no need to worry about overcrowding and being unable to snap photos. Tickets can be found right here, so don’t miss out!
LittleTwinStars MILKYWAY MUSEUM -T A N A B A T A- PRODUCED BY LIDDELL
Running: June 27, 2019 – July 7, 2019
Location: The Corner, Omotesando (5-29-1 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo) Website: http://the-corner.tokyo/
Time: 60 minutes / 40 people per slot
Entry: Advance ¥500 / Same-Day ¥800
4+ People Group Tickets (Advance Only): ¥1,500
*Those aged 4 years and above must hold a valid ticket
Information Page: https://www.sanrio.co.jp/news/ts-event-20190527/
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