“中秋の名月” Harvest moon

By kei.sasaki, September 8, 2014

August 15, in the old calendar, is “中秋の名月(the Harvest moon Festival)” in Japan.

If we can’t see the moon on that night because of cloud, it is called “無月(Mu-getsu)”, and if it is rainy it is called “雨月(U-getsu)”.

Though you can’t see the moon, you can appreciate the brighter night.

“中秋の名月” is a festival of the harvest.
We prepare “月見団子” and “薄”.
“月見団子(Tsukimi-Dango)” are some dumplings made of rice that look like the moon to say thank you for the autumn harvest.

“薄(Susuki)” is Japanese pampas grass that represents the place where spirits live, it looks like “稲穂(Inaho)= An ear of rice”
And “薄(Susuki)” is a talisman with a sharp point at the top.

In old Japan, people believed that some rabbit lived on the moon, so many rabbit shaped desserts are sold this season.

Kei

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