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 Otsukimi Event was unfortunately cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic, you can see the schedule from 2019's event below. We look forward to hosting this event once again in person when it is safe to gather!

Otsukimi Photo Gallery

View our photo album of our Otsukimi Moon Viewing Parties.

View a newspaper article about our 1984 Otsukimi event! Download PDF

2019 Event Schedule

53rd Annual Otsukimi Moon Viewing Party

Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 5:30-8:00 pm

Lakeside Park Garden Center

666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland, CA

5:30 pm Bento Dinner & Bonsai Garden Viewing

  • Open House hosted by the GSBF Bonsai Garden at Lake Merritt (Garden closes at 6:30 pm)

  • Japan Tea Studio

  • Japanese Bento box dinners created by Musashi of Berkeley. Sushi & skewered meats & fish, with vegetarian Bentos available upon request. **

  • 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).

6:30 pm Entertainment

  • Emeryville Taiko (Japanese drums)

  • Performance by the student delegates of the Asia Pacific Children's Convention (APCC)

  • Las Lomas High School Japanese Language Class

7:30 pm Moon Viewing

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

Ordering a Bento Dinner

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 15, 2019 - (check must be received by this date).

You may also place an online order via Eventbrite and pay with credit card at the link below: