Celebrate: Tsukimi (Moon Viewing) 2014

By the time this entry publishes today (September 8th), I will be traveling through the night on my way to the United States for a three-week trip. Sadly, it's nearly impossible to see the moon from the airplane window, which means that I'll be missing out on this year's Tsukimi. Here's some information about the holiday from... Continue Reading →

Celebrate: Tsukimi (Moon-Viewing)

Apologies for two Celebrate posts in a row but this week is just jam-packed with holidays, it seems. 🙂  The moon comes up every night like clockwork, but tomorrow's moon is just a little more special. This year, September 19th marks the night of the harvest moon, an occasion that prompts moon-viewing parties throughout the... Continue Reading →

Crash Course: Wagashi

The tea has been poured, the porcelain admired. Then the hostess at your tea ceremony lays before you the perfect edible replica of a plum blossom. More than just a casual snack, this portion is a work of art. Welcome to the world of wagashi. Wagashi are traditional Japanese confections, elegant pastries so to speak,... Continue Reading →

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