Summer events in Japan 3

The full moon light was appreciated by farmers who worked late, and they prayed to the moon for a good harvest. In the West, this full moon is also known as the harvest moon. In the traditional calendar, autumn was the period from July to September. The night of the 15th of August, the exact midpoint of this period, was called the fifteenth night, so the full moon on that night was called the fifteenth night of Tsukimi, which means moon viewing. The fifteenth night of tsukimi began in China and later spread to Japan. From the Nara period to the Heian period, aristocrats would play music and compose songs at moon viewing parties. It is said that people enjoyed moon viewing. In the Edo period, moon viewing became popular among the common people, and in the fall, they would eat the rice they had just harvested. It has become a popular autumn festival tradition to express gratitude by making an offering before the gods. The third Monday in September is a unique Japanese holiday and a day to honor the elderly. On this day, Japanese, who have the highest rate of longevity in the world, also consider social welfare issues related to the elderly. The most popular visitors are children in kindergarten, who often visit a special nursing home for the elderly.
If they don’t live with their family, their family go to see their parents or grandparents that day. The local government also hosts many events, such as hospitality and memorabilia at the retirement home.”

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