Autumn is creeping upon us and the scenery is beginning to change. Today is September 15th which is referred to as Jyuugoya in Japan and is the day (night) for full moon viewing. In honor of the season, fronds of susuki (Japanese pampass grass) are displayed and rice dumplings (dango) are served and supposedly we all go out and look at the rabbits pounding rice in the full moon.
WHAT?! Yes, as Westerners have a legend that there is a man in the moon, Japanese tell the story that there are two rabbits making rice dumplings on the moon (I guess it's the way the moon craters reflect the light... ) I've never been able to see the rabbits but then I've never been able to see the man in the moon either.
So, while on my walk with Choco, I cut some fronds of susuki from a nearby empty lot and later bought some rice dumplings. I thought these were delightful with the little pancakes that have the susuki markings on them and the little mountain of dumplings, the yellow one being the full moon. And of course the pink rabbit sitting there. All of these have sweet bean paste inside them.
Unfortunately all the cats think that the susuki are absolutely wonderful play things and they all got into the batting act and then eating act. Eating I don't mind but the regurgitating... I tried putting the vase on the table but Patora still wanted to eat them so after a token appreciation of the susuki I put them outside and will bring them back in for a quick display while Tetsu and I eat our rice dumplings.
I hope it doesn't rain tonight.