Are you busy on Oct 4th?

Good morning everyone,

It's looking like today will be mostly overcast and then we can expect rain for most of the day tomorrow and heavy rains and wind on Sunday as Typhoon Talim heads our way. At the moment it looks like it will pass south of us, but keep an eye on it as it could change direction. It's a strong typhoon so even if it does miss us, it could be a bit hazardous out there Sunday. With any luck, it'll pass by quickly.

Early fall is the time for “moon viewing” or kangetsu in Japan or is it otsukimi? I don't know what the difference is, but suffice to say that you can spend a nice evening enjoying the view of the moon, no matter what you want to call it...ha ha!

Since ancient times, Japanese people have admired the beauty of the moon. It appears in many traditional Japanese poems or fairy tales. People also celebrate the fall harvest at this time.

This event usually takes place on “Jugoya”, which is also called “Chushu no Meigetsu”, refers to the night of 15th day of August on the ancient calendar. According to the Gregorian calendar, it refers to the duration between the middle of September and the beginning of October and it depends on the year. These year, it falls on October 4th.

These festivals take place in many places such as parks, buildings, towers, temples or shrines in Japan. So, you can have many choices to enjoy this traditional event.

A moon viewing tea ceremony is held in Shukkei-en Garden annually at this time.

  • ¥800 for the (more formal) tea ceremony in a tea house (honseki)
  • ¥600 to take tea in the gardens (nodate)

The garden admission fee is also required (adults ¥260) or combine your visit with a visit to the adjacent Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum for a discounted entry.

Sound tempting? Save a seat for me!

Have a great day!

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