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    More than U.S. $250,000. worth ornamental decorations deck the shopping street in Hiratsuka City, about?

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    More than U.S. $250,000. worth ornamental decorations deck the shopping street in Hiratsuka City, about 40 miles south-west of Tokyo, to mark the five day Tanabata Matsuri or Festival of the Weaver there. This is a festival in which children and young women find much enjoyment. Fairylike in its fantasy is sites legend: That on the eve of July 7, or weaver Princess Star, is supposed to meet Hardboy star, on the bank of the River of Heaven or milky way, for their annual tryst. Veda isa the princess star, Altair, the Hardboy star-the star known as Lila Aguila, The legend back of this meeting is that celestial princess, daughter of the celestial king, a most skilful weaver and the embodiment of industry, while engaged in weaving cloth for the king's garments fell in love with a handsome lad, a cowherder, and as a reward for her diligent industry the king allowed them to marry. But so much in love were they that the princess gradually neglected her weaving and the herder allowed his cows to stray, which so exasperated the king that he finally separated the couple forcing them to remain on opposite sides of the Milky Way, and permitting them to approach each other only once a year. The annual festival is a big tourist attraction in Hiratsuka. The Japanese Navy Musical Band paraded the main streets of the city and thousands of Japanese local villagers, peasants, country folks are coming to Hiratsuka city to see colourful streamers and other ornamental decorations. Some of them cost more than $8,000. alone and more than half million people are expected to visit this city during thin festival though this year the weather was so bad last one week, however, 700,000 people visited Hiratsuka city including many foreign tourists. This is one of Japan's five traditional festivals and in many ???.

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