The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth will present the 14th annual Otsukimi Moon Viewing Celebration on Thursday, October 17, at Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake. The event, which will take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., is open to the public. Admission is $18 for adults and $5 for children ages 3 to 12.
Otsukimi is presented in cooperation with the Crow Collection of Asian Art.
The evening will feature Japanese cultural demonstrations, contemplative music for moon viewing, and a reading of Tale of the Bamboo Princess (Kaguya Hime), a 10th-century Japanese folktale. Stan Richardson will perform on the bamboo flute (shakuhachi), Cris Gale will play Japanese music on the ocarina, and poet Michael Moore will introduce the art of haiku. Other highlights include calligraphy, origami, and ikebana (flower arrangements) Guests will be able to sample dango (seasonal rice dumplings) and Japanese tea. Members of the Texas Astronomical Society will be on hand with telescopes.
Moon viewing has been a popular pastime in Japan since the 9th century, when court nobles enjoyed poetry, music, and sake under the full moon. The practice later gained popularity among farmers hoping for a bountiful harvest. The autumn “harvest moon” is still a special occasion marked by displays of pampas grass (susuki) and offerings of rice dumplings (dango), vegetables, and fruit.
Guests may bring a picnic supper or pre-order a Japanese box supper (obento) for an additional $18. The obento, prepared by Mr. Sushi Japanese Restaurant in Addison, must be purchased by Friday, Oct. 11. No food or beverages will be sold at the event.
Winfrey Point is located at 950 E. Lawther Dr. in Dallas. Guests may register in advance at www.jasdfw.org, or pay by cash or check at the gate. In the event of rain, the event will take place in the Winfrey Point Clubhouse.
For more information, visit www.jasdfw.org or contact the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth at 214-342-2022 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Story submitted by Chrystal Sanders