Catch that full moon and give it to me, cries the child


meigetsu o totte kurero to naku ko kana

(Issa 一茶)


Meigetsu, literally “famous moon,” refers to the full moon of mid-autumn—the one on the eighth month according to the lunar calendar (which roughly corresponds to the modern month of September).

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