Sunday, September 14, 2008

Jyugoya: The Harvest Moon

Today, after the gym, I saw a round full moon in the sky! But there were too many clouds and it went behind the clouds once in a while :( And what is more, now it's raining cats and dogs!!!

9/14 (this year) is the night called "Jyugoya" or "Chushu-no-Meigetsu". It is the night with a beautiful full moon! In a fairy tale, it's the day Kaguya-Hime (Princess Kaguya) left for the moon.

On this day, we view the moon. This moon viewing is called "Tsukimi". We offer "Tsukimi Dango" (small round dumplings like mochi), sake, and seasonal fruits with "Susuki" (Japanese pampas grass) decoration. Some people read poems under the moon.
The image is from Wikimedia.

Long ago, when I was small, I cerebrated the day with my grandparents, but now I don't really do anything. However, one year, I made Dango! But with pumpkin with dashi sauce! Because my boyfriend doesn't like sweet stuff...

Today, my boyfriend went home (Shiga Prefecture) to see his mom. He told me over the phone that she still can't speak well but doing fine. Hope she gets well soon.

Tomorrow, I'm gonna have a haircut for the first time in about 3 months, so tonight, I'm gonna change my hair color. Maybe darker a little because it's autumn ;)

Okay, bye for now!

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  1. Hello Ochi,

    You have such beautiful traditions there. Do you know how to make mochi, or is it easier to buy it?
    We have full moon here too!

    Can you tell me the work for twenty, and twenty one in Japanese.
    I can count to 19!

    Glad your future mother in law ok!
    I tagged you with a prompt, you can view it on my blog. You don't have to do if you don't want to, just for fun!

  2. Looks very delicious,can i try?
    anyway,i love mochi.

    Happy monday!

  3. Ohayo jo!

    3-days holidays were very fast! I wish I could have more time!!!

    I think it is easier to buy mochi! You need to get sticky rice, cook, and pound to make it.

    20 is nijyu. 21 is nijyu-ichi :)

    I think followers gadget is cool! I need more space for other gadgets! Ha-ha!

  4. Thank you daba!

    You love mochi?! That's great ;)
    You know Japanese food very well!

  5. Hi Ochi,

    Thanks for telling me the numbers, I was trying to teach my daughter.
    Miss my mom can no longer ask her, things so now I ask you. I can't believe how well you understand and interpret English. :)

  6. You're always welcome jo!!!
    Please ask me anything :)

    We Japanese study English as a second language at junior high school and high school! Then I studied English at college, too! Maybe that is why I understand better but I still need dictionary, you know...

  7. And mochi cream also is the best... they have so many flavors,but i think that's new.

  8. Thank you for the comment in my blog.
    i tried to answer your question.
    Thank you again.

  9. Thank you for coming again, daba!

    Do you know "Sweet Monaka Cream"? It is similar to the "Mochi Cream" but not mochi!
    They also comes in lots of different colors :) Hope you can try this when you come to Japan!


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