A Japanese summer is not complete without a summer festival, also known as “matsuri” in Japanese. My mother and grandparents used to take my brother and I to the matsuri every summer we visited Japan. The endless street food vendors, toys, games and the bon-odori and taiko performances have always fascinated me as a child, and even now as an adult. This matsuri I attended yesterday is the Tanabata Matsuri to celebrate the reunion of Orihime and Hikoboshi, who can only meet once a year on July 7th. This is probably one of the biggest matsuri in Saitama, and I just can’t get enough of the lively atmosphere despite the immense humidity!
This year, some of my friends and I got together for a BBQ, and was later surprised with a beautiful birthday cake, gifts and flowers. I don’t think I’ve ever been surprised this many times in one birthday – I am truly a lucky girl 🙂 I am always grateful to be surrounded by such kind & giving people. Thank you so much♡
日本の夏といえば、お祭りですよね!今年も、小川町の七夕祭りに行って来ました。昨日は最高気温が35度超えていてものすごく暑かったですが、昼間は友達とバーベキューをし、最後にバースデーサプライズをして頂きました!本当にびっくり!美味しいケーキ、綺麗なお花、その他のプレゼントを頂いてしまいました。心から感謝しています。ありがとうございます!今年のバースデーはたくさんの人に祝ってもらって、とても幸せです。夜のお祭りも、にぎやかで大変盛り上がっていました♪やっぱり日本の夏はいいですね♡

 

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What a beautiful festival! Gorgeous pictures!

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I love the mask you picked up 🙂 and this is what summer is all about!

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I've always wanted to visit Japan and these pictures pique my interest even more. Love the black romper by the way. :]

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Never been this kind of festival for years.
Nice place and love the vibes!

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Happy belated birthday!

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You looked beautiful and what a fun tradition!
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Looks like such a fun festival! Also love your outfit!

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Great colourful and so vibrant photos!

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ohh was it your birthday? happy belated birthdy samantha! <3 and this festival looks like a lot of fun!

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This looks so fun! I love the history behind this festival and hope to add Japan to my list of wanderlust travels in the near future. These photos are gorgeous and so are you. I think I need to add a festival to my summer here in Atlanta as well 😉

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Looks so great! That's really a beautiful festival!

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Love love love summer festival !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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how fun is this!!? 😀

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happy belated birthday samantha! you look so cute! xx

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Wow I am in love with the photographs, you have an amazing tradition I wish my country have something like that:) thanks for sharing this is a fun post, Do you want to support each other's blog by following each other?:) Please let me know if you do so I can follow you right back x

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love this! definitely putting japan summer festival on my bucket list. and your outfit is just too cute<3
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you look amazing as always!! Great photos!!

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Looks like so much fun. Love your oufit too.

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Tanabata Festival sounds fun, Cute outfit too, love your headpiece <3

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What a fun matsuri! I love the different masks I think I would have picked the same one up myself! We have Japanese festivals in Chicago every once a year and it's always fun to enjoy the street food and performances there 🙂 xo~ Lena
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Love the Japanese summer festivals (and all the delicious food sold in the streets:)) Happy belated birthday, sounds like you had a perfect evening:)

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