What Is the Relationship Between Tsukimi and Sake?
Tsukimi (月見）is an ancient Japanese tradition of autumn moon viewing. The word itself means what it is, “looking at the moon. The custom is thought to have originated with Japanese aristocrats during the Heian period; influenced by the Chinese custom of Mid-Autumn Festival, they would gather to recite poetry under the full moon.
The quality of the harvest impacted the livelihood of the whole community so celebrating the harvest was a very important tradition. To celebrate the harvest and thank the gods, farming communities usually had a festival on the night of the full moon after all the crops were brought in.
It is traditional to gather in a place where the Moon can be seen clearly, decorate the scene with Japanese pampas grass, and to serve white rice dumplings (known as Tsukimi dango), taro, edamame, chestnuts and other seasonal foods, plus sake as offerings to the Moon in order to pray for an abundant harvest.
So why don’t you organise a moon-viewing party with some poetry and a bottle of good sake? We have one special sake that is perfect for the occasion!
Kaganotsuki Gekko Junmai Daiginjo
Kaganotsuki Gekko Junmai Daiginjo is the perfect sake for moon viewing as it embodies the beauty of the moon. In pursuit of an intangible artform, Kaetsu Brewery aimed to capture the soft radiance and white glow of the moon in a sake bottle. And they may just have succeeded. Gekko meaning “moonlight” evokes a mysterious, still and thoughtful imagery, that this Sake aims to encapsulate in one bottle.
Kaganotsuki Gekko won the "Highest Gold Award" in the Premium Kanzake category of the National Kanzake Contest 2016. Exquisitely harmonious natural rice flavor and savory ginjo incense, reminiscent of mysterious moonlight. It has a gentle aroma and a smooth and deep taste, and you can fully feel the umami of rice. Sipping on this sake under the moonlight would certainly make for a wonderful special moment!