Moon Viewing Day

001Today is “Otsukimi’, Moon viewing day in Japan. This is one of beauty nature related cultures in Japan.


We used to use Lunisolar Calendar system, so that 15th day of the eight month of Japanese traditional calendar, they celebrate full moon.

we use solar calendar the same as in UK now, we have had this celebration in September.


This moon celebration is apparently in far east countries, Korea, China, Taiwan and Vietnam as well.

(There is 13th day of the ninth month in Lumisolar Calendar celebration day as well, which is only in Japan)


Traditionally, we used to decorate with “Susuki grass” which is poaceae grass family and Tsukimi food.

Well, to tell the truth, not many people would actually celebrate with those at home recently.

However even nowadays they remind us otsukimi day at weather forecast in TV.

People who are on the way back to home, is working night time or at home would look at very bright full moon in nice clear autumn weather in Japan. (Apparently it is nice weather in Japan tonight!)


Last night, I could see clear moon in Harrogate, unfortunately it is grey sky with rain as usual autumn weather this morning, it would be difficult to see the full moon here tonight……


I don’t think I would create otsukimi food today (I don’t have any ingredient to make), but I would like to introduce you (and maybe my children later) one of Japanese cultures. My children would say so where is moon then!


By the way what do you see in full moon?


Have you ever thought there is a rabbit making rice dumpling ” mochi’ in the moon?!


Long long time ago, Japanese people would see rabbit in full moon. There is even a song about this moon viewing day and mentioned rabbit, too.


Moon and rabbit relation is very strong in Japan. Rabbit is making Mochi, nothing else.

If you ask your Japanese friend about moon, and give this question, what animal  do you see in the moon?, they probably, no definitely  answer “Usagi” Rabbit!


I heard other countries have different animals to see in moon.

I can’t remember which country, but they see crab and lion in the moon!


Do you have any other animals to say in the moon in your country?



by Nai

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