•The moon-viewing festival was introduced to
Japan from China some time in the Heian Period.
•Traditionally a celebration of the harvest
Tsukumi has also become an occasion for
admiring lunar beauty.
•it is customary to display ikebana fettering
susuki, a seasonal grass as an offering
•The legend of the rabbit in the moon has always
been associated with Tsukimi.
•In the moon there lives a rabbit who, on the
night of the full moon makes rice cakes.
•For this reason a special rice cake called Tsukimi
Dango is offered to the moon often accompanied
by other seasonal foods.
•Tsukimi was originally celebrated on the 15th day of the
eth month in the lunar calendar.
•Under the lunar calendar the moon was always full on the
•under the solar calendar Tsukimi is officially celebrated on
the 15th night of September.
•The moon is not always full on the 15th under the solar
calendar and many people celebrate on the night of the
full moon nearest this date.
•There will be a first quarter moon on September 15th
2010 and a full moon on September 23.