Have a Dumpling Under The Moon
September 24th is known as the day for “Otsukimi”, literally meaning “watching the moon.”
The ritual takes place widely across the country, and they usually offer a dumpling and
Japanese pampas grass to worship the moon. There are several kinds of dumplings.
White dumplings are more popular in Kanto region, while dumplings with sweat bean paste (anko) fillings are
more often seen in Kansai region. In some regions, they even offer Manju (a Chinese-style steamed bun) instead.
Surprisingly, there are even more kinds of dumplings. In Shizuoka, they would have “Hesomochi”,
a white or green dumpling with a topping of anko on its center.
In Nagoya, they would have a water drop shaped dumplings with a color of white, pink and brown.
The reason they have its shape is to resemble the shape of “taro”, which was offered for the ritual until
it was replaced by dumplings. In Okinawa, “Fuchagi” is what they would have, a salted white dumplings in
a shape of rice bag or oval, covered with anko. A very unique looking confection, it is.
You will notice there are lots of events related to “Otsukimi” all around Japan.
A moon in the mid-autumn sky is something worth saving your time and watch steadily.
This particular bamboo grows between autumn and winter,
but there is only a month where you can eat it as “Takenoko”. How would you like a bite of it?