Today was the annual moon viewing day in Japan. This is a seasonal event held every year on August 15th in the Lunar Calendar. This year, August 15th in the Lunar Calendar falls on the 8th of September. It is said that the full moon is the brightest on this day.
We offer dumplings and decorate with silver grass which is said to act as a charm against the evil. It is a night not only to view and appreciate the moon, but also to pray to the moon with offerings of the harvest from the fields.
In Japan, we say that there are rabbits on the moon. This is because the shape of the lunar crater looks like rabbits pounding rice with a mortar and pestle.
Too bad this year the sky was too cloudy to view the moon. I still made dumplings using shiratama powder and tofu.
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