Saturday, September 21, 2013

We Were Sailing Along

On Moonlight Bay....

Well, OK, so we didn't go sailing under the full moon.   But I did wander outside and snap this pic -

Taken with Nikon D7000 with 70-300mm zoom set at 300mm, using tripod and remote shutter.

In Japan, moon viewing is called Otsukimi and is often accompanied with eating dongo (rice dumplings) made of mochi (a sweet short grain form of rice). Japanese folklore says there is a rabbit on the moon who pounds mochi. Here is the outline of the rabbit and its stone pounding bowl. Can you imagine it? I find it a little easier than the Western tradition of the "man in the moon". But not much.  Perhaps some sake would help. 

Courtesy Wikipedia Commons
Anyway, moon viewing or Otsukimi is a lovely activity this time of year - a great way to enjoy the weather and welcome in the fall.

Until next, sweet sailing.


bonnie said...

I look at the moon and I switch back and forth between the man, the rabbit, and Hina pounding poi!

Pandabonium said...

I hate to admit it, but I am rather lax on Hawaiian mythology. Hina has a big place there as well as elsewhere in Polynesia.

bonnie said...

I was remembering it a little bit wrong, here's a nice retelling:

<a href=">Hina goes to the moon</a>

Pandabonium said...

Great. Thanks, Bonnie. Kapa pounding, getting away from the old man. Excellent.