22 September, 2010

Tsukimi Festival

Tsukimi is a Japanese tradition originally from the Chinese Moon Festival, which is to appreciate the moon on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. In 2010, this day falls on 22nd September.

In Japan, the moon on this night is referred to as "Jugoya” (the night of 15th), or "Chushu no meigetsu” (great moon of mid-autumn).

Traditionally, this festival is celebrated quietly at home with tsukimi dango (Japanese dumplings) and Japanese sake, while susuki (pampas grass) is arranged in a vase for the window ledge. It's widely said in Japan that the shadows on the moon surface look like a rabbit pounding mochi rice cake on usu mortar.

At Ten Japanese Restaurant, we encourage you to celebrate Tsukimi, looking at the shadows on the moon surface whilst sipping a cup of sake.

To your good health,
Cheers Wendy

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