Today was Tanabata, the yearly star festival that is held on the 7th of the 7th month. The Shiramine Shrine (白峯神宮) in Kyoto held a special event for the occasion. It was a hot day, it seems summer has just started and there where a fair amount of people at the shrine. First they played a game of Kemari (蹴鞠), it is a traditional game in which the players (usually eight) form a circle and kick a ball back and forth without letting it fall to the ground. There was also an “Komachi Odori” or (young ladies' dance) dance group during the Tanabata Festival at Shiramine Shrine (白峯神宮) in Kyoto! The dance traces its origins all the way back to Tokugawa Iemitsu. When he went up to Kyoto in the 11th year of Kanei (1634), the young ladies of the town in Kyoto welcomed him, and danced around the streets of Kyoto in the Tanabata night (July 7th); this is the origin of the Komachi-odori.