Today's Wagashi : Chrysanthemum
The ninth day of the ninth month was known as the Choyo Festival or the Chrysanthemum Festival. Chrysanthemums were believed to be auspicious flowers denoting longevity and eternal youth, and they were used as medicinal herbs in China. This confectionary represents the immortal flower to celebrate the Choyo Festival.
Today’s Wagashi : Moon Rabbit
From Asia to the Americas there have been many legends told about the rabbit in the moon over the centuries. In Japan, the rabbit pounds mochi (餅), or rice cakes in his pestle rather than the elixir of Life in Chinese story. It is also said that mochi is related to mochizuki ; Full Moon in Japanese. In the mid-autumn, or Jugo-ya festival, people gather to watch the full moon. This confectionary represents rabbit in the moon to celebrate the full moon in this season.