Otsukimi is the annual moon viewing festival, celebrated generally on the full moon in September (it's based on a very old calendar system, so this can occasionally fall in October). I am so lucky to live near the Japanese Garden in Portland! The Garden hosts a special moon viewing event for three nights. It's a rare opportunity to be in the garden after dark.
I was honored to be able to help my senpai (Sr. Students) with the tea ceremony demonstrations last evening at the tea house in the garden. We did three rounds. During the first round, I was a guest and got to enjoy a delicious bowl of tea and the sweet shown below. During the second round, I made tea. Here are some photos from the garden and the tea house.
The tea garden, lanterns lit
Special seasonal sweet, named kikuyu, a fall grass that many of us know as balloon flower
Tokonoma with scroll that invites us to stop and listen to the wind in the pine