Shaved ice, yukata and drones: Rakuten employees celebrate Tanabata Festival in Tokyo

July 11, 2018
by Rakuten.today
Shaved ice, yukata and drones: Rakuten employees celebrate Tanabata Festival in Tokyo

Walking down the hallway, a flurry of pastel colors and patterns appear as a group of employees emerge from a meeting room. Clad in yukata (the light, summer version of a kimono), with traditional Japanese wooden sandals on their feet and Rakuten Panda-themed traditional Japanese fan in hand, they discuss machine-learning algorithms—a curious merging of traditional Japanese culture and cutting-edge tech. The reason for their eye-catching outfits? Rakuten Yukata Day, a yearly celebration timed around the Japanese star festival Tanabata that aims to bring together Rakuten Crimson House’s diverse employees through a shared celebration of Japanese culture. “We’ve long celebrated […]

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