Obihiro Hirokoji Star Festival (Obihro Hirokoji Tanabata Matsuri)
Colorful Tanabata decorations and streamers can be seen in the Obihiro shopping arcade.
This festival is a traditional Tanabata festival held at the Hirokoji shopping street in the center of the Obihiro shopping district. Under the arcade of the shopping street, 50 bamboo poles that come from Sendai are set up for the festival, and each shop uses special ways of decorating them colorfully with characters and streamers. During the festival, there are attractions for children and various food stalls, and many people come to join in the festivities. This is one of the largest Tanabata festivals in Hokkaido.