Saturday, September 29, 2012

Otsukimi - Appreciating the full moon night - Japan

Speaking of "full moon", what do you imagine that it means?
A wolf ?  Or temporal insomnia ?
In Japan, there is a custom of appreciating the full moon, enjoying sweets,(please look at the second picture,) especially in this autumn season.
It is said that this custom has existed for more than 1000 years in Japan.
This custom is Chinese in origin,and was introduced to Japan.

In this year, I heard that tomorrow is the most beautiful full-moon day in Japan throughout the year.
September 30.

But I also heard that a typhoon is coming to Japan now,unfortunately....

I do hope the weather will hold! (Because typhoon brings everything to ruin...)


  1. Dear Kumiko, I hope you can enjoy the full moon, and that the taifun will be not so bad. I'm glad you are again on the blogosphere!

  2. @Traveling Hawk,
    Thank you,Traveling Hawk!
    I'm sorry for my long break.
    It is raining heavily now here,Traveling Hawk! Oh no!
    Seeing full moon is hardly to be expected tonight....
    Maybe tomorrow..

  3. Hello Kumiko-san, thank you for commenting on my blog :)
    Oh dear, the weather radar over Japan doesn't look very promising. I hope the storm moves away in the next hour and you get clear skies.

  4. @Walter,
    Thank you,Walter!
    The typhoon is finally gone today.What a relief!
    But the weather is still not good here...
    Yeah,I do hope getting clear skies tomorrow.
    Have a wonderful day!

  5. Oh, that's sad you can't see the moon... We had a totally clear view the last nights here in Germany. And the moon is so absolutely beautiful!

  6. Kumiko,

    Appreciating the full moon and enjoying sweets? This sounds to me like a great custom! Full moons are so beautiful!
    Take care my friend!

  7. @mysli,
    Wow,really? Man koennte neidisch werden.
    Our full moon has gone with typhoon....
    It's really sad :l

  8. @Traveling Hawk,
    Oh,how lucky you are!
    It's a pity that the weather wasn't good here.
    It's really bad luck.

  9. @Freida,
    Thank you,Freida!
    Exactly,that's true.Appreciating the full moon and enjoying sweets in autumn,it is our custom. It is originally an ancient aristocrat's custom.It is a holdover from that age.
    Thank you,you too,please take care!

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