Otsukimi: Moon Viewing Celebrationat Winfrey Point • Friends of the Crow Collection: Adults/ Children ($10/ $3) || General Public: Adults/ Children ($18/ $5)
The Japan America Society celebrates the full autumn moon each year with an outdoor picnic, Japanese music, and haiku poetry. Although not commonly observed in modern-day Japan, the moon viewing tradition dates back to the Heian Period (794–A.D. 1185), when the evening was marked with poetry and music by court aristocrats. The celebration later spread to warriors, townspeople, and farmers, and became a harvest festival.
Bring a picnic supper, beverage, and something to sit on as no food or drink will be sold at the event or pre-order an Obento from Mr. Sushi for $18 when purchasing your celebration tickets. Alcohol is not allowed at Winfrey Point, a City of Dallas park facility. For more information, visit jasdfw.org.
Picnic | 6:30 – 7:30
Cultural Activities | 6:30 – 8:30
Program | 7:30 – 9:30
- Shodo: Japanese calligraphy instruction
- Ikebana: Japanese flower arrangements
- Tsukimi Dango: Sample rice dumplings and Japanese tea
- Stan Richardson performing seasonal music on the shakuhachi (bamboo flute)
- Kaguya Hime: Folktale read by Elaine Browning
- Texas Astronomical Society: Telescopes for close-up moon views
- Chris Gale performing on the ocarina
- The art of Haiku by Michael Moore: Write and read your own haiku