Miko looked out of the window at the morning sky, which had quite a few clouds. “What happens if you can’t see the moon when it is full?” Mama Kojin smiled. “That doesn’t stop the parties, which sometimes take place for a few days either side of the full moon to allow for a glimpse, but if you can’t see it at all it is called Mugetsu – ‘no-moon’ (無月), or Ugetsu, ‘rain-moon’ (雨月). You will also be pleased to know that we get to decorate too – we will make a display of autumn grasses – susuki (pampas grass) is particularly lovely at this time of year. We will also prepare the family altar with a pile of these tsukimi dango (rice dumplings) as well as kabocha (pumpkin), chestnuts and taro potato.