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Ambassador Sato attended Tanabata Festival
at Holon Mediatheque

On July 7, Japanese Tanabata Festival was held at Holon Mediatheque.
The annual festival, which marked the 4th time this year, is co-sponsored by Holon Mediatheque and the Israel-Japan Friendship Society, in cooperation with the Embassy of Japan.

H.E. Ambassador and Mrs. Sato attended to honor the event, along with other distinguished guests including the Honorable Moti Sasson, Mayor of Holon.

Over 3,000 visitors came to explore Japanese culture through various activities including karate demonstration, tea ceremony, calligraphy, origami and ikebana workshops.
Further adding to the festivity of the event this year were the beautiful Tanabata ornaments brought from the City of Sendai as a special gift and sign of friendship.
Ambassador Sato in his remarks noted the significance of this year's festival being held as part of the commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Israel, expressing his deep gratitude to the Municipality of Holon, Holon Mediatheque and Israel-Japan Friendship Society for their continued support in promoting bilateral cultural exchanges.

Tanabata Festival:
Tanabata, which in Japanese literally means "Evening of the Seventh," is celebration of the day, where the two deities Orihime and Hikoboshi, respectively represented by the stars Vega and Altair, are allowed to meet only once a year to ensure their love. Many Japanese people celebrate the day typically on July 7, and join local festivals that differ in styles from region to region.
Sendai Tanabata ornaments beautifully decorated the festival Ambassador Sato giving his remarks
Ambassador Sato with Mr. Sasson, Mayor of Holon Japan Info booths of the Embassy and Israel-Japan Friendship Society