This post is something of a bentoversary, as my first-ever post (and bento) was made in celebration of the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival last year...
This is such a beautiful and tender season, with saffron light falling over late-summer flowers and the leafy green sprawl of herbs and vines. It seems fitting that Tsukimi carries romantic connotations as this lovely light softens and illuminates everything, a sentiment nicely expressed in this little card with a sweet rabbit couple:
I'm just back from a NY visit and brought home some special items from Kiteya, a lovely shop on Broome Street in Soho that specializes in handmade items from Kyoto. Cards, fabric charms, silk scarves and hangings, all vibrating with radiant traditional textile patterns are a delight to browse in a truly welcoming store with warm and engaging staff.
Displays highlighted the harvest moon and fall's flora and fauna:
This harvest moon bento features a special grain blend with purple barley, black rice, red rice, brown rice and rye berries. A shiso leaf, dark purple eggplant pickles, amber ikura, mushrooms, golden beet "moon" and tofu bunny are edible tributes to the new season:
The white bunny is from Kiteya, as is the floral silk ribbon (and the golden box). Lunch was made with several items from NYC's Sunrise Mart Japanese grocery (on the same street as Kiteya, awesome!)...
Octopus salad with sesame dressing, togarashi, mitsuba and a dash of green chili sauce:
The multigrain rice/barley blend was delicious and autumnal combined with roasted sweet potato, green shishito peppers, golden beets, mitsuba, mushrooms, tofu and eggs: