Etymology: A pictograph of a crescent moon with a pitted surface, which has gradually been tilted on its axis due to stylisation.*
Mnemonic: PITTED CRESCENT MOON
* Commonly interpreted as a moon behind wispy clouds, but this has lost some credibility.
今月 (kongetsu) this month
月見 (tsukimi) moon viewing
(Based upon Henshall, 1998)