Otsukimi Moon-Viewing Party

We hold our annual Otsukimi moon-viewing party on the Sunday closest to 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 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.


While our 2020-2022 Otsukimi events were unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are finally back in 2023!

2023 Otsukimi Moon Viewing Party 

54th Anniversary Event in Oakland

Sunday, October 22, 2023 from 5:30-8:30pm

Free / Open to the Public - Optional bento dinners (regular or vegetarian) orders ended on October 16, 2023. Thank you to all who ordered!

Lakeside Park Garden Center, Bellevue Avenue, Oakland CA (Google Maps)

Parking Cost: $5 all day parking on the weekend and holidays

This event takes place rain or shine. However, in the event of rain on the day of Sunday 10/22, the Eastbay Astronomical Society will not be able to participate. We still hope to see you there!

To reserve your Japanese bento dinner, the deadline was Monday, October 16th. Orders are now closed 

Dinners will not be available for purchase at the event - pre-orders only!

2023 Event Schedule - Sunday, October 22, 2023 from 5:30-8:30pm

5:30pm - Bonsai Garden & Bento Dinner*

6:30pm - Entertainment

7:30pm - Moon Viewing

OFSCA Members: Volunteers needed to help with our 2023 Otsukimi event!

Sign up by emailing ofsca1962@gmail.com to help with setup, cleanup, bento distribution, and event activities!

Otsukimi Photo Gallery & News

View a newspaper article about our 1984 Otsukimi event! 

Download PDF

View our photo album of some of our past Otsukimi Moon Viewing Parties.