Today is Juyoga (15th night) or Tsukimi (Moon Viewing) to honor the autumn moon. The celebration of the full moon typically takes place on the 15th day of the eighth month of the traditional Japanese calendar.
On this day, we decorate susuki (Japanese Pampas Grass) and eat Tsukimi Dango (Moon viewing dumplings) to celebrate this festival.
As our country has historically been a agricultural society, this festival was originally celebrated to thank the god by presenting the first harvest of the season while admiring the full moon.
You can a easy recipe of my moon viewing dumplings here .
For more info on the moon viewing day please visit the Wikipedia
I'm Miyuki and I teach Japanese Home cooking at my home in Tokyo.