Monday, September 12, 2011

Harvest Moon Viewing (Tsukimi)

Tsukimi used to be a harvest festival to celebrate good rice crop in viewing the full moon. Unfortunately this custom is disappearing these days.

Still, at some homes, pampas grass are displayed and many families enjoy special rice dumplings covered with sweet red bean paste, which look like the moon partly covered with a cloud. Very, very sweet.

This year's moon viewing falls on today. So, I drove to nearby mountain to see the beautiful harvest moon with my husband. I'm satisfied with the beautiful moon with nice cricket singing.
A feeling of well-being.


  1. That sounds so romantic - going to look at the moon with your husband. The special rice dumplings look good, too.

  2. Thank you, Kane. Before going for moon viewing, we had a nice dinner of Japanese buck wheat noodle soba and tempura. I had the double pleasure!

  3. Beautiful! We are enjoying the moon here, too. Yesterday I drove home from a meeting for 3 1/2 hours and watched the moon rise from daylight to darkness. Really a treat.

  4. It was like an unexpected present from Nature! Three-and-half-hour moon viewing! Wow!!