The tradition of “Moon Viewing” The tasteful time since long time ago
In China, there is a tradition to view the beautiful moon during the night since A.D.618, the Toh Period.
In Japan, nobles started “Moon Viewing” in the Heian Period, and then, it was spread to samurais and citizens.
In August (old lunar calendar), the sky is the cleanest in a year and the moon is the most brilliant and beautiful, so that the Moon Viewing Party was held splendidly among nobles.
Different from now, there was no light of a bright town, and the moon should be shined beautifully in the night sky.
In the Edo Period, the harvest festival was held while viewing the moon, and Moon Viewing had been standardized.
Since long time ago, Japanese people have had the agriculture by the waxing and waning of the moon to get the days.
This year, 9/13 is “Jugoya (the night of the full moon)”, that is also called “Chushu-no-Meigetsu”.
Chushu-no-Meigetsu is the special among the full moon because the moon looks more brilliant by the dried up air, and this day became the holly knot for rituals, so that there are traditions to prepare Moon Viewing Dumplings and offer Japanese pampas grass to ward off evil spirits.
This season becomes cool.
It is the good time to feel the autumn atmosphere that being relaxed in the tatami floored Japanese room, feeling the moonlight through the paper sliding door, and viewing Chushu-no-Meigetsu from the balcony.
In the autumn night, why don’t you enjoy Moon Viewing with the great atmosphere with the light breeze?
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