Tanabata celebrated across Japan

Tanabata is a Japanese star festival, where people dress in traditional yukata robes and write their wishes on strips of paper to hang on bamboo trees
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People attend the Tanabata festival on July 6, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. Tanabata is a Japanese star festival where people dress in traditional 'yukata' robes and write their wishes on strips of paper to hang on bamboo trees. (Getty Images)
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People attend the Tanabata festival on July 6, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. Tanabata is a Japanese star festival where people dress in traditional 'yukata' robes and write their wishes on strips of paper to hang on bamboo trees. (Getty Images)
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Two Japanese girls wearing traditional yukata robes attend the Tanabata festival on July 6, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. Tanabata is a Japanese star festival where people dress in traditional 'yukata' robes and write their wishes on strips of paper to hang on bamboo trees. (Getty Images)
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Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department band perform at the Tanabata festival on July 6, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. Tanabata is a Japanese star festival where people dress in traditional 'yukata' robes and write their wishes on strips of paper to hang on bamboo trees. (Getty Images)
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Traditional Kappore dancers perform at the Tanabata festival on July 6, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. Tanabata is a Japanese star festival where people dress in traditional 'yukata' robes and write their wishes on strips of paper to hang on bamboo trees. (Getty Images)
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Tanabata Kazari (Star Festival Decorations) are hung during Tanabata festival on July 6, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. Tanabata is a Japanese star festival where people dress in traditional 'yukata' robes and write their wishes on strips of paper to hang on bamboo trees. (Getty Images)
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Two Japanese ladies with yukata and play instrument at the Tanabata festival on July 6, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. Tanabata is a Japanese star festival where people dress in traditional 'yukata' robes and write their wishes on strips of paper to hang on bamboo trees. (Getty Images)
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Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department band perform at the Tanabata festival on July 6, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. Tanabata is a Japanese star festival where people dress in traditional 'yukata' robes and write their wishes on strips of paper to hang on bamboo trees. (Getty Images)