Full moon viewing, Tsukimi

In the Orient, like in Japan, China and Taiwan, there is a custom of appreciating the moon.
In Japan, we have a celebration of the full moon during the autumn season, which we call Tsukimi. It literally means, moon viewing, done with displaying Japanese pampas grass (Susuki), and eating rice dumplings, called “Tsukimi dango”.
The full moon floating in the clear autumn sky is especially beautiful. It is said that in the past, people could see that rabbit on the moon, pounding rice for rice cake. They enjoyed drinking Sake (Japanese rice wine) and eating Tsukimi dango with such a fantastic imagination.
Of course, we do, too, in this period!

Full moon /Photo: J Matsumoto

Full moon /Photo: J Matsumoto

Asuka /Photo: J Matsumoto

Asuka /Photo: J Matsumoto

Heijokyo, Nara prefecture

Heijokyo, Nara prefecture / Photho: J Matsumoto

日本、中国、台湾など、東洋には月を鑑賞する習慣があります。
日本では、月見団子やススキの穂を飾る「月見」があり、とりわけ秋の満月を愛でるのです。
澄んだ秋空に浮かぶ満月は格別美しいですが、昔の人は月の模様を見て、月にいるうさぎが餅つきをしているように見えたといいます。そんな楽しい想像をしながら、日本酒を飲んだり、月見団子を食べたりしていたのです。
もちろん、現代の私たちも!

8 Oct 2014★ Total Lunar Eclipse in Japan

2014.10.08 皆既月食

 1_Total Lunar Eclipse /Photo: J Matsumoto

1_Total Lunar Eclipse /Photo: J Matsumoto

2_Total Lunar Eclipse /Photo: J Matsumoto

2_Total Lunar Eclipse /Photo: J Matsumoto

 

3_Total Lunar Eclipse /Photo: J Matsumoto

3_Total Lunar Eclipse /Photo: J Matsumoto

4_Total Lunar Eclipse /Photo: J Matsumoto

4_Total Lunar Eclipse /Photo: J Matsumoto

5_Total Lunar Eclipse /Photo: J Matsumoto

5_Total Lunar Eclipse /Photo: J Matsumoto

6_Total Lunar Eclipse /Photo: J Matsumoto

6_Total Lunar Eclipse /Photo: J Matsumoto

 

7_Total Lunar Eclipse /Photo: J Matsumoto

7_Total Lunar Eclipse /Photo: J Matsumoto

8_Total Lunar Eclipse /Photo: J Matsumoto

8_Total Lunar Eclipse /Photo: J Matsumoto

ジ~~っと見てると、オオカミに変身したくなる…