Thursday, October 23, 2008

Princess Haiku floats off to "Kiku Matusuri" the Chrysanthemum Festival at the Portland Japanese Garden

Kiku Matsuri, the Chrysanthemum Festival

October 18–November 2, 2008

"If you would be happy for a lifetime, grow chrysanthemums."

Kiku Matsuri, the Chrysanthemum Festival, is the fifth of the five annual Go-Sekku Festivals in the traditional Japanese calendar. In addition to the annual two-day Ikebana International Chrysanthemum Exhibition on the weekend of October 25–26, this year for the first time we are pleased to announce a special horticultural display of potted chrysanthemums on view outdoors on the East Veranda of the Pavilion from October 18 through November 2.

Such displays have long been held around the time of Kiku no Sekku (the ninth day of the ninth month in the lunar calendar) in Japan, where rows of fancy chrysanthemums line banner-draped shelves on the grounds of the Imperial Palace, as well as in temple courtyards and botanical gardens at this time of year.

For more photos of the Portland Japanese Garden enter here.

Moon Viewing


O-Tsukimi is one of the oldest and most elegant traditions in Japanese culture. The tradition of moonviewing dates back to the Heian period (794-1192 CE), when Kyoto was the capital of Japan. The first moonviewing party was held at the Imperial Court on August 15, 909, when courtiers celebrated the harvest moon with an evening of food, drink, music, and poetry writing and reading. Moonviewing is one of the most popular annual events at the Portland Japanese Garden, held on the east deck of the Garden’s Pavilion where participants watch the harvest moon rise over downtown Portland. The event is celebrated with music, poetry writing, and calligraphy—and guests enjoy seasonal delicacies including sake and moon cakes. Listen to the gentle sounds of shakuhachi flute and koto by Duo En. Experience a rare walk through the lantern-lit garden during moonlight hours as flutist Harry Callows serenades you in the Garden. Moonviewing at the Garden will be held from 6:30–8:30pm on three separate nights this year— September 26, 27, and 28, 2007.drawing to a close in an evening’s silhouettes

Seeing the moonlight
spilling down
through these trees,
my heart fills to the brim
with autumn

(Tr. Hirshfield & Aratami)
Ono No Komachi


lotusgreen said...

delighted to see jane and mariko here!

AscenderRisesAbove said...

wow - those spidery ones are crazy! (in a good way)