Resonant, eternal tones beneath an autumnal full moon: Hie Shrine’s ,“Mid-autumn Kangen Festival”(MOVIE)

2017-04-21   Festivals & Events, Tokyo,

The thrill of the Gagaku sounds while admiring the stilled composure of the full harvest moon

“Tsukimi” is the worship of the moon and offering of prayers and thanks to the year’s harvest in September and October. Tsukimi is chiefly held on the fifteenth night of the eighth month and the thirteenth night of the ninth month of the old lunar calendar. Every year at Hie Shrine in Tokyo, a concert of Gagaku music called the “Mid-autumn Kangen Festival” is held on Jugoya (“fifteenth night”), a day most suitable for it.

Please enjoy the Gagaku worldview!

“Gagaku” is a musical performance most notably held at fixed shrine rites and also on the occasion of various rituals. However, there are generally very few chances to witness Gagaku. “Tadaima Japan” came to film the Mid-autumn Kangen Festival that was held on September 8, 2014, so please be sure to watch it. Usually held outdoors on a special stage, this year due to rainy weather, it was held within the shrine itself making for a very precious recording.




It’s the eve of Jusanya. What is it that’s been so precious to Japanese from so long ago?

Tonight is “Jusanya” (thirteenth night). The weather forecast isn’t desirable, but areas fortunate enough to have good weather will be able to enjoy the beautiful moon floating in the fall sky. It’s certain that, from antiquity, the people of Japan feel the seasonal transition from summer to autumn.




Hie Shrine’s “Mid-autumn Kangen Festival”

Hie Shrine Accaess Map

Jusanya and Jugoya from 2014
The fifteenth night of the eight month / The thirteenth night of the ninth month
SEPTEMBER 27th/OCTOBER 25th, 2015
SEPTEMBER 15th/OCTOBER 13rd,2016






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