No summer heat goes beyond “Higan” ? : Tour report of The East Garden of the Imperial Palace Tour on Sep. 30th, 2023
- East Gardens of the Imperial Palace
Many thanks for joining us on our tour at the East Garden of the Imperial Palace on Sep. 30th. We welcomed 26 guests from Australia, Mexico, USA, Canada, Lithuania, Italy, Finland, Germany, Poland, India and China. It was a tremendous opportunity for us to meet wonderful people from all over the world and exchange the cultural information. We really appreciate all guest for sharing precious time and inspiring us with interesting conversations. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached so that you can remember the fun we had during the tour. I hope you enjoyed out tour as we did very much.
There is a proverb in Japan that says, “No summer heat nor winter cool goes beyond “Higan”. “Higan” refers to the one-week period centered around the Vernal Equinox and Autumnal Equinox Day. This year, “Higan” was from September 20th to 26th. We were able to see “Higan-Bana” (red spider lily) in the garden. Today, however, it was unseasonably hot and humid.
The night before the tour was the harvest moon. On this day, it is customary to watch the full moon while eating “Dango” (dumpling), but you can also enjoy hamburgers that are only available at this time of year. This event is called “Tsukimi” (Moon Viewing), and Tsukimi Soba noodles is also named after this.
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(Posted by Toyo)