We hold our annual Otsukimi moon-viewing party on the the full harvest moon each October, held at the Gardens at Lake Merritt. We have been holding these parties, which feature traditional Japanese entertainment, authentic Obento dinners, and astronomers with powerful telescopes, since 1965. (See the attachment at the bottom of the page of a newspaper article about our 1984 Otsukimi.) The harvest moon is a symbol of blessing and abundance for many cultures, including Japan. Similar to tea paraties, the moon viewing parties are occasions for for sharing food and stories, while enjoying what is considered the most beautiful moon of the year.
50th Annual Otsukimi Moon Viewing Party
Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 5:30-8:00 pm
666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA
5:30 pm Bento Dinner & Bonsai Garden Viewing
6:30 pm Entertainment
7:30 pm Moon Viewing
**To reserve your Japanese dinner, please send a $15 Check ($10.00 for members of OFSCA) payable to: OFSCA, P.O. Box 13022, Oakland, CA 94661-3022. Deadline to reserve a dinner is
Monday, October 10, 2016 - (check must be received by this date).
View our photo album of our Otsukimi Moon Viewing Parties.