ELC parents Akane and Makiko presented about otsukimi (moon viewing) to our class in September. In Japan the full moon in the clear autumn sky is considered the most beautiful of all. It is the time to celebrate the autumn harvest. Traditionally, odango, a kind of omochi (rice paste sweet), is offered to the full moon.
Autumn flowers and susuki (pampas grass) are displayed in vases and satsumaimo, or sweet potatoes, are displayed in homes and stores. Children hear that a rabbit lives in the moon and he makes omochi using a kine and usu, a large mallet and wooden container. Thank you to Akane and Makiko for coming to talk to us about this lovely Japanese tradition. (Martha Mundy and Rida Sadler, Pre-K Teachers)