Harvest Moon

So tonight is Tsukimi or moon viewing night. I think this coincides with the concept of Harvest Moon in the western way of looking at things.

There is certainly a beautiful moon tonight.

But there's a full moon risin' Let's go dancin' in the light We know where the music's playin' Let's go out and feel the night.

Five minutes ago. Because I'm still in love with you I want to see you dance again Because I'm still in love with you On this harvest moon.

I believe that the tradition is to go outside and look at the moon, eat special rice cakes – tsukimi dango,

Itadakimasu

which are on sale in the stores and drink awamori. After this you write tanka poetry.

However I think Neil Young did it best. Not sure if the song below is tanka poetry but it is very good. The backup singer on the left, next to Emmy Lou Harris, is Peggi Young, his wife, for whom he wrote the song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=st7NKEUs_8E&feature=fvst

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