Monday, September 12, 2011

Brightest Moon

Today is 十五夜(Jugoya).

Since ancient times, Japanese people have described the eighth lunisolar month as the best time for looking at the moon.

We also call the full moon "中秋の名月(Chushu no Meigetsu)", which means the brightest and the most beautiful moon in the middle of autumn.

It is traditional to gather in a place where the moon can be seen clearly, decorate the scene with Japanese pampas grass called "Susuki", and to serve white rice dumplings called "Tsukimi dango" to the moon in order to pray for an abundant harvest.

Here is my handmade Tsukimi dango.

Japan's changed a lot compared to last year, but the beauty of moon has never.

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