Moon viewing at Mukojima Hyakka-en
14 – 16 September 2016
“O-tsukimi” (viewing of the mid-autumn moon”) is a traditional occasion of appreciating a big, round moon and also thanksgiving. It takes place on “jugoya”, the fifteenth night of the eighth month of the lunar-solar calendar. In 2016, the “jugoya” comes on 15 September, and then the full moon arrives two days later, on September 17.
Mukojima Hyakka-en, located in Sumida-ku, eastern Tokyo, is a pleasant Japanese garden dating back to the Edo period. Throughout the year local flowers bloom beautifully (Hyakka-en means the “garden of many flowers”).
This year again, on the occasion of o-tsukimi, Hyakka-en extends its opening hours exceptionally. Wander into the garden full of typical Japanese autumn flowers, such as pink hagi (lespédèzes), yellow ominaeshi (Patrinia scabiosifolia) and violet kikyos (Japanese bellflowers).
Have a pleasant evening in autumnal atmosphere, with the light of picture lanterns and the sound of live koto music, as well as the traditional offerings to the moon placed in gratitude for the year’s harvest.
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