The Full Moon Night Festival, It’s Jugo-ya in Japan!


Tonight is the full moon festival of Jugoya in Japan.  People view the moon and celebrate the harvest.  Celebrating includes the Green Tea ceremony and listening to people playing the koto.

Below you can hear the koto.

Jugo-ya displays are created for the festival.  Here is one from Ayako Egawa in Japan…


Ayako wrote the following about the display:

It is the traditional offering display for Jugoya. More properly, traditionally we put dango (rice dumplings) on the stand and offer Japanese pampas grasses as I showed you last year.

This year I found cookies for Jugoya at a shop and displayed them for the first time.  It is not the traditional style, but a new and casual one.

Jugoya ceremonies are held in some of the temples and Japanese gardens and they display these offerings there. I don’t know exactly how much people make the Jugoya displays at their homes, but it is true that many people eat dango at Jugoya in Japan!

I like this Jugoya tradition very much. It’s so wonderful when I think
ancient people viewed the same moon as I view now.  I’m glad lots of people share the tradition through your blog!

Have a nice day.


Many thanks to Ayako Egawa in Japan for the photos, commentary and for reminding us of this wonderful festival!

Mama Lisa

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2 Responses to “The Full Moon Night Festival, It’s Jugo-ya in Japan!”

  1. Bolton Nurseries Says:

    I love different cultures and it’s nice to see how so many people can still celebrate ancient traditions in a nice manner. So respectful and wonderful at the same time. Great environment for children to be raised in and disciplined in a nice way to respect holidays and events, which hopefully helps them to be good people in years to come. We should take some of these cultures into practice here in the UK and hopefully help our children in a nice way.

  2. Ayako Egawa Says:

    Hi, thank you.
    this is one of my favorite tradition.

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