Saturday, September 21, 2013

Full Moon

Just like people on this globe have their own special sentiments toward the moon, so in Japan too, we have a traditional custom to enjoy the full moon in autumn.

At Tokugawa Garden,  they opened during the night on this special day for visitors to watch the full moon coming up above the garden forest. 

We name them "dango" (dumplings). They are symbols of good harvest. We decorate them with Japanese pampas grass besides the window as well.

It was really exciting that we saw the moon being reflected on the pond.  I almost forgot this was right in the city.

The full moon usually appears around on the fall equinox day. It's the season for harvesting. 
People have been appreciating the beautiful full moon by exchanging the poets, offering the autumn harvest, playing music and admiring every second of the moon light. 

Yes, it is true to Japan, too. Young people may not be so much interested in the traditional custom but it is also very true there are many other young people who find its significance. 

The moon  was so pretty.

location:Tokugawa Garden


The Chair Speaks said...

Yes, the moon is biggest and brightest on this day. In our country, the Chinese celebrate this festival known as mid-Autumn festival or mooncake festival or lantern festival.

Mekkan said...

I'm just wondering mooncake is the one I have known.Is it a baked round cake with sweetened bean paste inside often mixed with crashed nuts?