Marking the passage of time, Otsukimi (お月見), or Moon-viewing, is a Japanese autumnal tradition of sharing an evening outdoor picnic of seasonally harvested foods, such as chestnuts and persimmons, or moon-shaped delicacies, while gazing at the heavens. This year's Otsukimi occurred on September 21st, and was particularly special because a full Harvest Moon coincided with the event for the first time in 8 years.
However, if you missed out on this year's Otsukimi, no need to fret! Many family and friends celebrate well into October while the cool nighttime weather and clear skies offer a beautiful opportunity to spend time outdoors before early winter frosts begin to appear. We encourage you to give it a try!