The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth and the Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas at Dallas are proud to announce the return of a free, family-oriented event which celebrates the autumn or “harvest” moon. The Otsukimi (Oat-Sue-Kee-Mee) Moon Viewing Festival, North Texas' largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture, takes place Saturday, November 20, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., in Simpson Plaza at Frisco Square, 8874 Coleman Blvd., Frisco, TX 75034. This will be the 22nd annual Otsukimi Festival, which features themed art and cultural activities offering fun for the entire family.
The moon viewing custom is thought to have originated with Japanese aristocrats during the Heian period (794 to 1185 A.D), who would gather to recite poetry when the relative positions of the earth, sun, and moon caused the moon to appear especially bright. For this year’s festival, attendees can enjoy skygazing and moon-viewing activities through telescopes available on the grounds.
The family-friendly Otsukimi Festival offers a fascinating array of Japanese cultural art activities and must-see entertainment. Attendees will enjoy many crafts, included origami, a moon rabbit ears creation activity, and Japanese calligraphy. As in many past years, visitors will also experience a traditional tea ceremony demonstration with Chado Urasenke Tanko-Kai Dallas-Fort Worth Association (invited). A full line up of musical performances and haiku readings will help connect attendees to Japan’s autumn traditions and entertain and inspire with talented Japanese culture groups, musicians, dancers, and taiko drummers.
Vendors will sell Japanese festival food and collectibles, providing festival visitors a selection of sweet treats, beverages, and gifts, from a vast selection of booths and vendors. Plenty of parking is also available near Frisco City Hall and Frisco Square for this festive celebration of Japanese culture and traditions.
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