Despite the rain this year and the cancellation of most of the planned Tanabata events Shitennoji Temple persisted and held their Tanabata event. Shitennoji Temple has a Tanabata Tunnel event from 7/6-7/8. The LED lights in the tunnel are on until midnight but the temple lights that illuminate the fukinagashi (large hanging decorations) are only on until about 11:30.
Some of the tanzaku (colored wish papers) were noticeable water damaged from the rain during the first day.
The following photo journal is from 7/7/2018.
|Fukinagashi. Note that they carry the name of a sponsor organization.|
|You can see Harukasu (the tallest office building in Japan).|
Looking closely at the fukinagashi you can see strings of paper cranes.
|The west gate of the temple.|
|Fukinagashi with a star theme.|
|A nice mix of lighting.|
|A long exposure turns moving people into ghosts.|
|Using a snow cross filter for the sparkle effect.|
|Strings of flashing white LEDs among a field of blue LEDs.|
|People adding their wishes to the tunnel.|
|A fukinagashi that reads "Tanabata"|
|The neon colors of the fukinagashi look great.|
|A passing car outside the west gate cast a glare onto the snow cross filter.|
|Low ISO settings to reveal the temple pagoda against the night sky.|
|A wall of bamboo branches.|
|Visiting couples posing in yukata.|
|Higher settings for brightness and f/stop.|
|The wet paving stones of the temple reflect light nicely.|
|Stall set up along the approach to the west gate.|
|Street lights reflecting nicely off the wet pavement.|