Now is the time to celebrate the harvest moon. And the Friends of the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in Fairmount Park are doing just that.
From Friday, September 28 through Sunday, September 30, join Shofuso at its Otsukimi, a traditional moon-viewing celebration where offerings are made to the full moon to give thanks for a good harvest.
This “Family Moon-Viewing Weekend” is a brand new initiative at Shofuso and will include activities like Japanese foods, taiko drumming, storytelling, a Shofuso Japanese maple tree raffle and more.
The weekend kicks off with a Moon-viewing Tea Ceremony at 7 p.m. on Friday. Saturday and Sunday bring Otsukimi Family Days, with themed activities including rabbit origami, seasonal crafts and kamishibai storytelling.
There will also be a family Dango-making workshop on Saturday that will teach kids and parents how to make sweet white rice flour balls that resemble the full harvest moon.
On Saturday night, prepare yourself for a traditional Otsukimi party complete with rustic Japanese food, sweets, and sake for visitors to enjoy the beautiful harvest moon peacefully rising over the pond and garden.
Advanced registration is required for both the Saturday morning Dango-making workshop and the Saturday night Otsukimi Party. For tickets and additional information, click here.
Family Moon-viewing Weekend at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
When: Saturday, September 29-Sunday, September 30
Where: Horticultural and Lansdowne Drives, Philadelphia
Cost: Tea Ceremony, $25 members, $35 non-members; Otsukimi, Family Days Free with admission; Family Dango-Making Class, $12 per person; Otsukimi Moonviewing Party, $55 for members, $65 for non-members
More info: www.shofuso.com