Tsukimi Party

September 14, 2019 / by Junko

I’m sure many of you have spent hours gazing at the moon at some point in your lives.
In Japan, we also find the moon mesmerizing, and especially in the autmun we have what is called “tsukimi,” which means “looking at the moon.”

From thousands of years back, “tsukimi” has been an important event in Japan to express gratitude for a good harvest, and also to wish for another good harvest for the coming year.
People gathered on the fifteenth night of the eighth month (“jyugoya no tsukimi”) of the old lunar calendar to celebrate “tsukimi,” and the tradition still lives on.
This year, the “jyugoya no tsukimi” was Sept. 13, but at JJ Kitchen, we had a “tsukimi party” the following day.

The guests enjoyed meeting new people, eating dishes using autumnal ingredients, and of course, drinking various types of drinks!
We also took turns looking at the full moon!

Everyone had full smiles on their faces when they left our kitchen, which made us very happy as well!

There are so many Japanese dishes and cultures that are not well known outside of Japan and I’m happy to introduce them to you! If you tested any of our recipes feel free to send us a photo and your comments and we will be happy to publish them, even if it wasn't a complete success! :)

Seeking the best balance of being free and living a stable life in this busy city, I enjoy kitchen gardening to deepen my connection with nature. Lately, I enjoy traveling to places I’ve never been and dancing Salsa/Kizomba there. Always a traveler at heart. Freelance web/graphic designer. Coffee & chocolate addict.
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