Culture Lesson お月見 =otsukimi (Mini Lesson#128)

September 22, 2010 in Mini Lesson from No.124



=Ah! Usagi ga omochi tabeteru!

=Ah! A rabbit is wating mochi (pounded rice cake)!

Today’s lesson is about 月見=tsukimi (or お月見 = otsukimi)

•月 = tsuki = the moon

•見 = mi = viewing

:rrrr: 月見 = tsukimi = moon viewing (gazing)

In the old lunar calendar, the night of the 15th of the month is called


十五夜 = juugoya

and it has been believed that  the full moon on 8月15日 (hachigatsu juugonichi=August 15th ) in the old lunar

calendar  is the most beautiful full moon in a year.  And this year the 十五夜=juugoya is today, September 22th. (→September 19th for 2013)

満月=mangetsu =the full moon we see tonight is also called

:rrrr: 中秋の名月 = chuushuu no meigetsu = mid-autumn moon

Traditionally people had little parties, setting a little table  with 月見だんご = tsukimi dango = sweets dumplings and

すすき = susuki (Japanese pampas grass)


and enjoyed the moon while they drank sake.

Unfortunately this tradition is not that popular these days, but we still enjoy viewing the moon.

Other moon related words:

•三日月 = mikazuki = crescent moon

新月 = shingetsu = new moon

月見うどん= tsukimi udon  = Japanese noodle with raw egg.

(Because the egg york looks like the full moon.)



McDonald sells 月見バーガー = tsukimi baagaa = Hamburger with fried egg.

Link (just check the pic.)

And do you know what we see in the moon?

兎(うさぎ) が餅をついている = Usagi ga mochi wo tsuite iru

=Rabbits pounding mochi (pounded rice cakes).

There is a children song,


=Usagi usagi, nani mite haneru


=Juugoya otsukisama mite haneru.

=Rabbit, Rabbit, what are you looking when you leap?

=I’m leaping viewing the full moon of the 15th night.

Here are some sweets that I got for 月見 = tsukimi = moon viewing


Aren’t they cute?

maggie-sensei マギー先生より = Maggie Sensei yori = From Maggie-Sensei


=Minna mo kyou wa tsuki wo nagamete tanoshin dene.

Please enjoy viewing the moon tonight!

何が見えるかな? = Nani ga mieru ka na? = I wonder what you can see…