The harvest moon is one of the most beautiful of the year. It is customary to watch the moon....say "Otsukimi" or "Chushu-no-meigetsu" in Japanese.
In the night of the 15th of Septembert is revel as having the most beautiful night sky of the whole year. (The date is different every year because it is based on the lunar calendar). This custom crossed to Japan from China.
Japanese people in the old days thought that a giant rabbit live in the moon, beating soft rice cake "o-mochi" "o-dango".
On both the 15th of September and the 13th of October,
we offer seven kinds of autumn weeds, Eupatorium, Ominaeshi, Ivy, Bush clover, Chinese bellflower, Pink and Arista.
Japanese people in the old days...pray for the productiveness of grain....