A pair of paper fusuma (sliding doors) painted in ink and colour on a silver ground with mangetsu (full moon) and susuki (pampas grass).
Japan 20th century Taisho period via
A full moon can be seen through the swaying pampas grass which fades into the mists of the plain. The full moon and pampas grass are traditionally paired as symbols of autumn in Japanese art and poetry. The full moon which appears closest to the autumnal equinox (known in English as the harvest moon) appears larger and brighter than at any other time of year, and seems to have a red glow. It is for these reasons that the Japanese developed the custom of o-tsukimi (moon-viewing) in mid-autumn when the harvest moon rises. More