Phnom Penh (FN), June 18 - The Embassy of Japan in Cambodia, Japan Foundation Asia Center, and Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Centre (CJCC) will celebrate Tanabata Festival for the purpose of introducing culture exchange between the two nations, to be held from 5 July to 6 July 2018 at CJCC, according to the Embassy of Japan's press release Fresh News received on Monday.

According to the press release, various cultural activities and exhibitions will be conducted: decorate and display similar Tanabata Festival in Japan; experience cultural and educational exchange of Cambodia-Japan; enjoy and understand more about the story of Tanabata and Tepsodachan; Origami, Kirigami, Syodo; write wishes and hang on bamboo trees; enjoy and learn Japanese calligraphy, experience wearing Japanese traditional costume Yukata; cook & taste Khmer and Japanese foods, sweets, drinks, services and products booth more than 10 of Japanese and Cambodian restaurants, companies, and others; various entertainment programs; free-style dancing and photo sessions.

Tanabata Festival is a Japanese traditional celebration and celebrated every year on July 7 in Japan, and to recall a story of a lover in the heaven Weaver Princess and Cowboy. According to the story of Tanabata, the two lovers are separated by the Amanogawa and allowed to meet once per year on July 7.

Japanese people write their wishes on the wishing paper and hang it on the bamboo tree to have their wishes granted. Japanese people believe that they wish to be the same as the two lovers since they are very hard working and skillful person in doing their tasks.