Monday, September 12, 2011
In Japan, there is a tradition called Otsukimi, literally meaning "moon viewing". Otsukimi happens only once per year, in the fall, and it happens to be today. I would never have known, but my Japanese roommate told me while we were talking tonight (another reason to love living with Japanese people, I feel like I am learning so much more about the culture).
For Otsukimi, Japanese grass decorations called susuki are displayed, and dangos (Japanese rice cakes) are eaten. In the modern days of Japan, I think most families don't full on celebrate those smaller traditions, but my Japanese friends told me they ate the rice cakes and definitely looked at the moon.
I stepped out on my balcony and looked at the moon for a long time tonight, it was quite stunning indeed. If you are in Japan tonight, take a look at the moon!