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Otsukimi Moon-Viewing Festival

  • The Gardens at Lake Merritt 666 Bellevue Avenue Oakland, CA, 94610 United States (map)

Otsukimi Moon-Viewing Festival
presented by the Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association
Sunday, October 25, 5:30-8:00PM
The Gardens at Lake Merritt, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
Free admission, parking $5
For more information, please call 510-325-3729
or email


Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association holds 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.

The Harvest Moon is a symbol of blessing and abundance for many cultures, including Japan. Similar to tea parties, the Moon viewing parties are occasions for for sharing food and stories, while enjoying what is considered the most beautiful Moon of the year.

5:30PM: Bento Dinner & Bonsai Garden Viewing

Open House hosted by the GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt

Japanese Bento box dinners created by Musashi of Berkeley. Sushi & skewered meats & fish, with vegetarian Bentos available upon request. (must pre-order, see website for details)

Come see our magnificent Torii Gate, dedicated to the memory of late Oakland Council member Frank Ogawa, and ten Japanese Stone lanterns in honor of our 50th anniversary (2012).

6:30PM: Entertainment

Nisi Kaigan Iaido Dojo (Martial Arts)

Diablo Taiko (Japanese Drums)

Performance by the student ambassadors from  Asian Pacific Children's Convention and High School exchanges

7:30PM: Moon Viewing

Telescopic viewing of the Moon and other celestial points of interest provided by the East Bay Astronomical Society