July 7th is Star Festival in Japan.
It is not a national holiday, but people write a prayer on a colored paper string,
making wish upon a star.
I am sure I posted some similar pictures in the past
but this "paper strings hanging on bamboos" is a very
typical feature of this season.
You will see the similar things here and there if you visit
Japan mid-late June to early July.
In this picture, two people (couple?) are writing something down
on their strings.
Usually paper strings and pens are placed for free near the bamboo
and people can hang their own prayer as they wish.
Before going home, I made a wish and hung my paper string too : )