Japanese people look forward to the moon of “Otsukimi” (Viewing the moon).
The “Otsukimi” is an event to admire the moon on August 15 of the Lunar calendar (This year’s full moon is September 21).
The moon of this day is called “Chushu-no-meigetsu” (Mid-Autumn Moon/Harvest moon), “jyuu-goya”(full moon night).
By the way, the Japanese believe that there is a rabbit on the moon. There are two main reasons.
First, That’s because the full moon pattern looks like a “rabbit”.
There are bright places and slightly dark places on the moon. And when the moon is full, when you connect the dark places, it is said that the pattern resembles the shape of a “rabbit”.
This pattern changes into various shapes depending on the country. For example, “donkey”, “crab”, “female”.
Second, the reason why there is a rabbit on the moon comes from the Buddhist narrative. This story is still handed down to Japanese people.
“The rabbit went to search for food for a hungry old man (God). But nothing was found. So the rabbit jumped into the fire as food by himself. The rabbit’s feeling of self-sacrifice impressed the old man. And the legend says that God drove the rabbit to the moon as a sublime.”
The rabbit is a symbol of good luck, presenting prosperity.
We hope that these items will be able to deliver the Japanese tradition of moon appreciation as well as bring you luck and happiness.
The Lifestyle Box
1. Mino-yaki “Tonbo” (Dragonfly) rice bowl (1 item)
This rice bowl has a “Tonbo” (dragonfly) drawn on it. In Japan, “Tonbo only moved forward”, so it seems that the samurai liked it as a lucky insect. That’s why the “Tonbo” pattern is one of the traditional Japanese patterns. Don’t you think “Tonbo” is indispensable for autumn scenery?
Originated from Gifu Prefecture, Mino-yaki (Mino ware) is Japan’s most popular
pottery. Its history is said to date back to 1300 years ago.
2. Rabbit and moon small plate (1 item)
This small plate has a cute “Otsukimi” (moon-viewing) rabbit. A small plate of the perfect size for holding
sauces and pickles. Depending on your ideas, how to use it will also spread.
3. “Usagi Yuzen” Masking tape (1 item)
This Masking tape with a moon motif that is easy to associate with a rabbit. The Moon and rabbit-themed “Yuzen” design and colors express a fantastic and beautiful worldview. It is sure to become one of your
favorite stationery items.
4. Rabbit pattern coin purse with front pocket (1 item)
This coin purse has a cute rabbit and cherry blossom pattern. It is a convenient size that can be used as a coin purse, as well as for storing keys and accessories. 100% cotton / made in Japan
5. Mino-yaki Cosmos square plate (1 item)
It is a square plate with a cute shape with rounded corners. The cosmos pattern accentuates the matte atmosphere. A convenient square plate that can be used for various purposes.
6. 100% Cotton – Hagi and Kikyo Furoshiki (1 item)
It is a wrapping cloth mainly drawn with “Hagi” (bush clover) and “Kikyo” (Bellflower), which are counted as the seven herbs of autumn. Furoshiki are a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth that can be used to wrap gifts, clothes, and actually just about anything! Of course, it can be used as a lunch box cloth or as a tapestry.
7. “Hagi” and “Usagi” Pattern Letter Paper (1 item)
This is a letter paper that can be used both for memo writing and letter. You may be able to deliver the atmosphere of moon viewing to those who receive this letter. Why not send a letter to your friends during the long autumn nights?
8. “Tsukimi usagi” postcard (1 item)
It is a cutout-style postcard. Did you notice that the clouds are “Otsukimi-Dango” (dumplings)?
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