Monday, September 5, 2011

Japanese Tukimi (moon viewing)

(posted; Etymology page)
Tukimi (moon-viewing)

     Offerings for the September 13 Moon: Tsukimi dango (left),
susuki grass (middle) and chestnuts (right)

Tukimi←link means moon-viewing in Japanese. The celebration of the full moon. Tsukimi refers to the Japanese tradition of holding parties to view the harvest moon. So, I don't know if I am right or not but maybe we can say this tradition of ours is close to the Halloween in Western culture.
I didn't know the traditional connection bettween moon and rabit ←link  I just knew that it is said that the blackish parts in the moon looks like the rabbit pounding in a mortar and pestle.
Anyways, we have Oriental Zodiac symbols out of twelve animals, and this year marks the rabit's year in the Chinese astrological calendar. Well, I hoped that this year was going to be a better year by leaps and bounds, though. (like rabits do)    


  1. Hallo Orchid! Yes, it is quite close to Halloween, which falls right at the end of October. I had never heard that tale about the moon and the rabbit before. Very interesting! I hope that the year of the rabbit will be a happy and fulfilling one, both for you and your hubby. Hugs to you my friend.

  2. Oh dear Orchid again you have taught me something new. Such a lovely thing to celebrate.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

  3. The timing for the two events is close but I too have no idea if these events are related. I'm going to do some reading on Tukimi as you have me interested in learning more. Have a lovely week dear friend. Hugs

  4. Wow, Orchid! This is very interesting. I didn't know that you celebrate the full harvest moon! The susaki grass and chestnuts look like vanilla and chocolate cookies! Yum! :)

    Sending you hugs xxxxx

  5. Very interesting! I love learning new facts about your culture. The picture you put up is lovely.

  6. Hi Orchid, oh do I love the moon! I have always been fascinated by the moon.....especially the Harvest Moon, when it is so big and bright orange! I also love a Blue Moon, that is a rare occurrence. Yes, it is the start of the autumn season, my favorite time of year. One of the photos was not showing on my screen, unfortunately. xo,

  7. Oh,thank you Barbara. And I am so sorry everyone. I copied and pasted all of them. Two of the free illustrations were shown in my PC. I put them in "picture" and tried again. Hope it had mended(^^;)

  8. Orchid, I stopped by again and now am able to see those cute moon photos! Thanks. xo,

  9. Orchid, I feel so badly that I haven't commented on your blog for quite some time! I have spent most of this evening catching up on all my favorites and leaving notes. I am a school teacher and classes have started back up. So, no more free time! Yes, I hope your year will go better. I have heard about the latest bad weather Japan got recently, now all the floods. Take good care!

  10. Hi Orchid, lovely pictures of the moon. And of course I love the rabbit one the best.

    Have a great celebration! I don't want the year of the rabbit to end!

    Your friend, Rose.

  11. Orchid, what a lovely magical post. I love the rabbit and moon connection. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful tradition, my sweet friend!

  12. Dearest Orchid,

    Whatever the moon and other zodiac signs may influence, the wedding of our goddaughter Elvira went like a dream. After cold (Dutch) weather we had two lovely, sunny and warm days on the 2nd and 3rd. After that storm and rain... and of course a drop in temperature too.
    Wishing you both well,


  13. What a beautiful tradition. It reminds me of childhood when my father would always take us out at night to see the full harvest moon. Once he bought a telescope so that we could see it closely. I think I would like to honor this Japanese tradition with my son.

  14. Natukashi desu That is a beautiful
    thing to celebrate in the full moon night.
    hope you will have one at 13th Sep.