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A bowl of seasoned tsukimi soba which is buckwheat noodles with egg on top, usually eaten to celebrate the moon-viewing season.

Traditional Tsukimi Foods: The Most Popular Japanese Moon-Viewing Foods

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.

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​​A Quick Guide to Kyoto Sweets

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. 

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Kodomo no Hi: Japanese Children’s Day

Children’s Day (Kodomo no Hi) is a national holiday in Japan, celebrated annually on May 5th every year, also making it the last holiday of Golden Week. As the name suggests, it’s a day to celebrate and pray for the growth of children.

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Hina Matsuri: Japan’s Girls’ Day Explained

Since the Heian Period (794-1195), every year on March 3rd is Girls’ Day, also known as Doll’s Festival or ‘Hina Matsuri’ in Japanese. This is a day in which families all over Japan wish for the health and prosperity of their young girls,

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Tsukimi: The Origin of Japanese Garden Moon Viewings

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.

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