Tsukimi or moon-viewing is a Japan-wide festival held during the full moon phase in September or October to celebrate the harvest moon. The moon festival is usually held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Japanese lunar calendar however the date can vary on the western solar calendar. In 2022, tsukimi falls on the 10th of September.
In this article, we will explore the traditional tsukimi food that is still eaten today and offered to the moon at moon-viewing parties.
Kyoto is one of the most popular destinations in Japan as it is a city that blends the best of Japanese culture, history and natural landscapes. Apart from that, Kyoto is also an excellent destination to satisfy your sweet tooth as it offers some of the best Japanese wagashi – traditional Japanese sweets. Kyoto sweets are crafted to be as pleasing to the sight as to the taste.
Otherwise known as Girls’ Day, or ‘Hina Matsuri’ in Japanese, the colorful festival Dolls’ Festival has been celebrated on March 3rd every year since the Heian Period (794-1192).
There is much to be said in literature about hanami or ‘flower viewing’ in traditional Japanese culture. Particularly around cherry blossom time, when locals and tourists alike gather around friends to have a picnic under a sky of budding pink flowers.