Tsukimi, Japan's 'Moon Viewing' festival, celebrates the autumn moon, rooted in the nation's agricultural history. It signifies gratitude and hope for a successful harvest, given the moon's perceived influence on crops.
Families gather to appreciate the moon, displaying 'susuki' (pampas grass) as a symbol of the rice harvest. They also prepare and offer 'odango', sweet rice dumplings, echoing the moon's roundness and unity. While modern Japan may be more urban, the essence of Tsukimi, emphasizing gratitude and family ties, remains timeless, bridging old traditions with present-day values.
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I'm Victoria, the founder, designer and creator at Bikudesigns, a vintage kimono accessories brand in Tokyo, Japan.