Tanabata in Osaka: Floating Wishes on the Ogawa River

The heart of Osaka’s Tanabata celebrations was the Ogawa River (大川). That year, 50,000 blue LED lights were floated along the river, creating a mesmerizing scene. Each light represented a wish or a prayer, a beautiful tradition allowing participants to float their hopes and dreams on the water, hoping they will be granted by the stars above.