Japan’s biggest one-day cultural celebration returns to Frisco on November 20. On Monday, the Japan-America Society of Dallas Fort Worth and the Crow Museum of Asian Art at the University of Texas at Dallas jointly announced the return of Otsukimi’s moon. Viewing festival. It will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on November 20 at Simpson Plaza in Frisco Square
Pronounced “Oat-Sue-Kee-Mee”, the family festival celebrates the fall moon or “harvest”. This will be the twenty-second year of the festival in North Texas. It will feature live music, food, art and other cultural offerings. Among the programmed craft activities are origami, a moon bunny ears and Japanese calligraphy creation activity. Vendors will sell Japanese festival food and drink as well as collectibles. There will also be a demonstration of the traditional tea ceremony and haiku readings.
The custom of observing the moon is believed to originate from the Japanese aristocrats of the Heian period (794 to 1185 AD), who gathered to recite poetry when the relative positions of the earth, sun, and moon were appear particularly bright moon. Visitors to this year’s event will be able to watch the night sky and climb it through telescopes available on the festival grounds.