Tsukimi 月見, the moon-viewing, is a festival related to the moon phases, which takes place on the 15th night of the 8th month, calculated by the traditional Japanese lunisolar calendar. By the modern calendar, it usually fall on the mid/end September or at the beginning of October.

On this night, decorations with susuki, Japanese pampas grass, vases and offerings of tsukimi dango and sato-imo, taro potatoes, are placed outside or in places where the moon is clearly visible.

– There is a story related to this festival, the story of the Jade Rabbit –

The Buddhist story tells that on a day of Uposatha, an old man asked for food from a monkey, an otter, a jackal and a rabbit. The monkey collected fruits and offered them to the old man, the otter brought him a fish and the jackal a lizard. The rabbit didn’t have anything to bring, because the herbs constituting his food weren’t good for humans. Then, the rabbit decided to offer his own body and jumped into fire. But, surprisingly, his body did not burned, because the old man was Sakra. And for people to remember the rabbit’s sacrifice, the old man drew the rabbit’s image over the moon.


13 Responses to “Tsukimi”

  1. laurin42

    What a delicate story! Everything in Japan is delicate and in armony with nature. I love japanise food, exspecially tashimi.
    I will came back soon.


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