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Otsukimi, which literally means
moon viewing, is the tradition of friends and families getting together and watching the harvest moon. It is held in September when the moon is said to be the most beautiful. During Otsukimi it is customary to eat Tsukimi dango. Tsukimi dango is a moon-viewing dumpling, similar to mochi. The dango can be plain or filled and represents the full moon. Chestnuts, taro roots (
sato-imo), and other autumn foods are also commonly eaten during Otsukimi. These Tsukimi foods are eaten while you are surrounded by decorations made from susuki, or Japanese pampas grass.
Interestingly, the Japanese see a rabbit pounding mochi in a full moon. Can you see it?