Pausing between clouds
the moon rests
in the eyes of its beholders
~17th Century Haiku Master, Matsuo Basho
(Translated by Michael R. Burch)
Moon gazing is a Japanese tradition, which predates rice cultivation. Traditionally, the full moon is admired on the 15th night of the 8th month. (Lunar calendar time. Translation: September 27, 2015.) Noshing on snacks to accompany moon gazing is also a tradition.