OTSUKIMI, Harvest Moon Festival

 It’s Otsukimi, the Harvest Moon Festival, and this is the ideal setting in which to celebrate it.  While few Japanese are lucky enough to have tearooms, let alone a pond with a view to    the  east, this ancient festival is meant to celebrate the beauty of the moon, and the fall harvest.  At most homes, it’s celebrated in a much more humble manner.  Autumn flowers and     susuki (pampas grass, which is at its tallest and most beautiful at this time), are displayed, and kabocha (pumpkin), chestnuts, satoimo (taro potato) and tukimi dango (small white rice dumplings, piled high on a tray), are offered to the moon in the family alter.  The dumplings were traditionally thought to bring happiness and good health, and the offering is not only for the moon’s beauty, but an expression of gratitude for the autumn harvest.

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