Tanabata & Street Food

Tanabata wishes
Tanabata - wishes

On the 7th of July, people all over Japan celebrate Tanabata. In some regions it is celebrated on the 7th of August. The festival, also known as the Star festival, celebrates the love between two deities, Orihime and Hikoboshi.  The two lovers, represented by the stars Vega and Altair, separated by the Milky Way, are only allowed to meet once a year.


In Switzerland, the Museum Rietberg in Zurich is oganising a Tanabata Festival on the 1st of July.


During the festival, children and adults write their wish on a long piece of paper and hang it from a bamboo tree, in the hopes that it comes true.  The festival locations are decorated with long streamers, organise various competitions and, like most matsuries, they boast a multitude of food stands. If you want to experience the matsuri street food, here are the most known ones and where to find then in Zurich.





Wheat noodles are fried with a variety of vegetables, usually carrots, cabbage and onions, topped with a special Yakisoba sauce. 

Where to find it: Kokoro




The ball shaped snack consists of wheat-based batter filled with minced octopus, cooked in a special pan. The snack is topped with different sauces and bonito flakes.    

Where to find it: Samurai





Okonomiyaki is a type of Japanese pancake. Shredded cabbage is mixed with water/ dashi, eggs, flour as well as a choice of fillings such as meat, sea food or vegetables. The mix is then cooked on a hotplate and topped with a special sauce, mayonnaise and bonito flakes. Real Japanese soul food !    

Where to find it: Samurai





Yakitori are chicken skewers (with or without vegetables) usually grilled over an open fire lacquered with a special sweet or savoury sauce.  

Where to find it: Kai Sushi

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