Autumn traditions that suite with the Japanese room Enjoy the elegance of “Chushu-no-meigetsu (the harvest moon)”
Japan has four seasons, and there are various seasonable customs and traditional events.
The current season
provides us the cool wind, gets a bit cold in the night, and it’s atmosphere is clear.
Toward the winter, there are various entertainments like the autumn leaves, the hot spring
“atsukan (hot sake)”
“Oden (a Japanese food of stewed ingredients)”
and so on.
Each thing suites with the tatami, that has been with Japanese people since 1,000 years ago, and
that has the Shoji and the alcove.
In the autumn night, there is a tradition called
“Tsukimi (moon viewing)”
to see and enjoy the beautiful moon.
In this season, when the moon was the most brilliant and beautiful in a year, Heian nobles had
moon viewing parties and Edo merchants held harvest festivals.
These things have taken in
as a custom.
Usually the moon viewing in the autumn season called
“Chushu-no-meigetsu (harvest moon)”
“Jugoya (full moon night)”.
The full moon will be seen on the clear sky in the night.
People can enjoy its atmosphere by offering Tsukimi dango (moon-viewing dumplings)
as resembling the full moon, and Japanese pampas grass as a charm against evil influence.
In the tatami floored Japanese room, the moonlight passes through the Shoji.
People can listen to insect songs in the silent room, and come to be lost in deep thought under the full-moon.
It’s the silence and luxury moment to think various things and to become both the head and the heart are empty.
This year, the Chushu-no-meigetsu was 10/4.
Most people will see the night sky everywhere in Japan.
Tsukimi is a traditional event that will continue from now on.
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