The ninth month, Naga-Tsuki, under the old Japanese lunar calendar

(Posted on July 11, 2024)


The interpretation of Naga-Tsuki varies, but is more commonly understood as the month of long night. It might sound peculiar to mention long night in September. This can be explained that the old lunar calendar is generally about a month and a half behind the Gregorian calendar, so lunar September corresponds to today’s mid-October to mid-November. Anything particular to September? Yes, around September 15, it is called the “full moon viewing day.” We typically celebrate the day with offerings of some sweets and  pampas grass. 


The rice harvesting takes place in September. Here are some photos from my album. These were taken on September 21, 2013 in the Jike countryside, northern Yokohama. 


Persimmons and cosmos flowers in northern Yokohama on September 30, 2013


These photos were taken in Kamakura, Kanagawa prefecture, the old capital of Japan from the end of the 12th Century to the early 14th Century, on September 30, 2017.  

At Sugimoto-dera, a Buddhist temple. 


A popular way for visitors to get around.       Rehearsing a Shinto dance.



At Suisen-ji, a Zen Buddhist temple




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