Instead of a Hanami, How about a Tsukimi? A Supermoon on April 8th

Instead of a Hanami, How about a Tsukimi? A Supermoon on April 8th

2020, Weather Forecast for Fukui, Not So Great

This is a season when cherry blossoms are beautiful. Unfortunately, in order to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), having a hanami (“cherry blossom viewing”), which carries the likelihood of gathering crowds of people together, should be avoided during this time. In this situation, how about having a tsukimi (“moon-viewing”) instead? In 2020, the best time to see the supermoon will be on April 8th. Also known as a “pink moon”, why not try looking up to admire the April’s full moon, from just outside your home?

A “supermoon” is when a full moon happens while it is at its closest distance from the earth. Within the year, it will appear at its largest. In 2020, the closes the full moon will be to Japan will be on April 8th, at around 11:00 a.m. During the evening of that day, the moon will undoubtedly be an impressive sight to see.

“Pink moon” is a term that came from Indigenous Americans, as a popular name to describe the full moon in April. It does not necessarily mean a pink colour can be seen, but it is a phenomenon to look forward to, as a sign of spring.

What is concerning is the weather. According to an April 1 weekly weather forecast by the Niigata Local Meteorological Office, Fukui Prefecture will experience bouts of cloudy and sunny weather throughout April 7th. The following day, April 8th, will be cloudy, making for a not so great situation for a tsukimi. In any case, even if for a brief time, it can still be a nice experience to see the moon through the rifts between the clouds. We can only wish for good weather.