Online Tanabata 2020

Phnom Penh: The official press release No. 30 PR-20/EoJ on Tuesday, 23rd of June 2020. The Embassy of Japan, in collaboration with the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC) and the Japan Foundation Asia Center (JFAC), is going to hold “Online Tanabata 2020” from July 11-12, 2020, instead of our annual event “Tanabata Festival” organized since 2004, to promote cultural exchanges between Japan and Cambodia.

Tanabata is a Japanese traditional festival, celebrated every year on 7 July in Japan to recall a story of a couple of lovers ―Weaver princess and Herdsman― in the sky. Based on the Tanabata story, the two lovers are separated by the Amanogawa River and allowed to meet once a year on 7th July. On the day, Japanese people write their wishes on colorful strips of paper and hang them on bamboo trees to make their wishes come true.

During “Online Tanabata 2020” in Cambodia, we will put big branches of bamboo with colorful decorations at the Embassy of Japan. We would like to invite people to join “Online Tanabata 2020” by sending their wishes from June 23-July 5, 2020. All the wishes will be hanged on bamboo stalks in the Embassy of Japan with other decorated ornaments and will be shown in the opening video of “Online Tanabata 2020” Some of them will be selected to be posted on Online Tanabata 2020’s Event Page. You can send your wish in Khmer, Japanese, or English with your name or nickname. Your wishes and given information might be shown to the public. Please join us to celebrate “Online Tanabata 2020”, by sending your wishes through the google link:

For media inquiries, please contact Culture and Information Section at 023 217 161 (Ext: 1121) or email: [email protected]. For more information about the festival, please visit Facebook Event Page of Online Tanabata 2020 at

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