Tsukimi (Moon Viewing) - On the day of full moon

What's the meaning of this event?
In the Orient there is a custom of appreciating the moon; in Japan, too, on the night of August 15 by the lunar calendar, the full moon is appreciated. This custom is called O-tsukimi in Japanese. It originated from farmers' religious observances ensuring a good harvest.

Are there objects associated with this event?

People offer tsukimi-dango (dumplings), taros and seasonal fruits with susuki (Japanese pampas grasses) and hagi (bush clovers) by the window to the full moon and pray for the realization of their wishes.

Here are very famous and easy songs which are related with this event. They are called " Tsuki (moon)" and " Usagi (rabbit)." Please hear and practice them!

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