Moon Viewing in October

Moon-viewing is a seasonal festival to enjoy the moon on the night of August 15th, on the lunar calendar.

In 2017, August 15th on the lunar calendar is October 4th on the Gregorian calendar.

The shape of the moon on that day is called the most beautiful in a year.


People prepare decorations with silver grasses called “Susuki”

and offer rice dumplings to the moon in Japan.

The Japanese offer the dumplings in appreciation for the harvest of grains.

It is said that a Shinto God can be trasfered to the grasses and they act as a charm against evils.

大覚寺 神泉苑

You can participate in traditional ceremomies and events at many temples and shrines in Kyoto.