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"Jusan-ya (十三夜)" -moon-viewing on the 13th night of the 9th month on the lunar calendar

In Japan, it is getting cooler day by day, and we can feel the sign of autumn in the air.

We had the "Jugo-ya (十五夜)" last month.

Jugo-ya is "Chushu no Meigetsu (中秋の名月)".

We introduced about it before. 

http://www.furoshiki.kyoto.jp/blog/201309/000150.html

 

Today's theme is "Jusan-ya (十三夜)".

The 13th night of every month on the lunar calender is called "Jusan-ya". Above all, the 13th night of the 9th month on the lunar calendar after "Jugo-ya" is the night of the most beautiful moon.

There was the moon-viewing feast at the Imperial Court at that night. 

"Jusan-ya" is called "Nochi(後/later) no(の/of) Tsuki(月/moon)", against "Jugo-ya" is called "Chushu no Meigetsu(中秋の名月)".

Also, it is called "Kurinaduki (栗名月)" or "Mamenaduki (豆名月)" because chestnuts (栗) or soybeans (豆) are offered. This Jusan-ya has been said to be one of the harvest festival of autumn in Japanese-specific customs. 

From a long time ago, Jusan-ya one month after Jugo-ya also to cherish, people seems to have had a moon-viewing from the same location. 

 Viewing only one of those moons meant bad fortune, and was called "Katamiduki (片見月)". 

Why don't you spend the quiet night time viewing a beautiful "Nochi no Tsuki" in this autumn?

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