Thursday, September 5, 2013

Harvest Moon (moon viewing;月見,Tsukimi) in Japan

 (posted; Japanese culture page)
This year's Tukimi (Moon Viewing) in Japan happens to fall into 19th of this month. 
And 19th is my birthday as well!!! 
I am so excited with this magical coincidence p;)
I know it is too early to post this topic; (I wish to use tsukimi header longer till 19th.)
     Offerings for the Harvest Moon: Tsukimi dango (left),
susuki grass (middle) and chestnuts (right)

I found really good page explaining about this Japanese tradition. Tukimi (moon viewing or harvest moon) refers to the Japanese tradition holding the parties to view the harvest moon.  I'm not sure but Tsukimi must be close to the Halloween in western culture in the sense of cerebrating the harvest. 

I don't think we cerebrate 'Tukimi' much nowadays any longer. But I HAVE lovely memory when little that my mother told me there lives a rabbit in the moon making rice-cake pounding a mortar with pestle.  We enjoyed eating "bean cake, おはぎ/ohagi (another dango type of sweet)" she made for us on this day.  And I was happy to read about Jade Rabbit  story I've never known in the link page above.

As I expect to be busy from tomorrow, I won't be posting for about a week. 
But I'll try visit you, my friends. 
I'll challenge taking pictures of the moon, wish me luck ;p)   
Thank you very much for visiting♡♡♡


Shelly said...

I loved learning about this, my dear friend! I'm still having internet problems, but I look forward to seeing your moon pictures!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, i love the rabbit pounding out rice cake! very cool!

and happy early birthday to you and happy moon viewing, dear miyako!

Tamago said...

I remember when I lived in Japan, we had tsukimi dango and susuki at tsukimi. Can't remember if we had kuri or not. And as a child, I believed the rabbit lived in the moon :-)
Happy early birthday, Miyako san. Wishing you a fantastic birthday and お月見 on 19th!

thisisme said...

Hallo dear Miyako. I really enjoyed reading the story of the Harvest Moon, and how special that it will take place on your birthday this year, the 19th September! I hope you manage to get some pictures to show us. I love the story your mum told you of a rabbit that lived on the moon. How sweet!! Take care my friend. Sending hugs from West to East xx

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You told me about that wonderful rabbit story when I posted about my birthday moon....and I loved it so much.

Now I am so happy that you will have your own birthday full moon (and it should be a wonderful one).

I hope I remember to come back and wish you Happy Birthday on the day, but if I don't here is an early wish for a perfect day and a wonderful year.

Ann said...

what a wonderful occasion...a wonderful way to"celebrate your birthday"!!! fun that it happens on your Natal Anniversary!!!

Michiko Johnson said...

Dearest Miyako sama!
This time was Tukimi in susuki grass and chestnuts ohagi to dango jude robbit story BUT only in JAPAN.
I was very happy with Miyako san Happy Birthday!
Otosan mo ogenkini okurashi kudasaimase.
We having in here still raining all the time in Melbourne.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Miyako, I love the rabbit in the moon story. Your header is beautiful! What a nice way to celebrate your birthday. Happy Birthday to you!
Have a happy weekend,

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Miyako,
LOVE that story as it is very sweet.
Very special traditions.
Stay well and hope your preparations for your upcoming birthday go well.

✿ chica said...

Linda tradição e tá perto o teu aniversário! Boas fotos da lua, desejo! beijos,chica

Kulengkleng said...

Every time I visit your page, I always learn something about Japanese. I love it. :-)

Magia da Inês said...

♪♫° ·.
Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos do Brasil.
♪♫° ·.
º° ✿✿ ·.

Ayu Maselli said...

Bain cake and rice cake..oh so yummy my dear friend.

happy to knowing your culture too thanks for sharing;)
hugs to you

Wandering Wren said...

Hi Miyako
I am sorry that I missed your birthday, but happy that it will fall at an auspicious moon time.
Hope you have had a wonderful week!
Looking forward to learning more about Japan on your return.