2018年10月26日

There is a traditional event in Japan, which is held in mid-September to view the beautiful full moon.

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The annual event to view the full moon is called 'Tsukimi' or 'Kangetsu' in Japanese. This traditional event originated in China during the Tang period in the 7th-8th century, and came to Japan in the 9th century. The culture developed by the court nobles in Kyoto were reaching a peak at that time, accordingly this new event rapidly spread into the society of the aristocrats. It was a simple event with music and alcohol under the moonlight at the beginning though, this event had gradually changed adding other elements with the times. It had mostly reached to the present form with the offerings mainly for the harvest thanksgiving in the Edo period in the 17th-19th century. The picture shows one of the typical offering settings, Japanese plume grass on the left which is likened to the ripe ears of rice plant and the sweet potatoes on the right. They are the tokens of harvest. The white dumplings on a white wood stand named 'Sanpo' relating to 'Shinto' are likened to the full moon.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki

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posted by masahisa at 09:02 | Japanese festivals | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする