The Society celebrates the full
autumn moon each year with an
outdoor picnic, Japanese music, and haiku poetry. Although not commonly observed in modern-day Japan, the moonviewing tradition dates back to the Heian Period (794-1185 A.D.), when the evening was marked with poetry and music by court
aristocrats. The celebration later spread to warriors, townspeople, and farmers, and became a harvest festival.
This annual event is presented in
cooperation with the Crow Collection
of Asian Art.
The Society’s annual Mochitsuki celebration introduces Japan’s rich New Year’s traditions to the people of Dallas. The New Year season is the most important holiday observed in Japan, marked by special foods and decorations, visits to shrines, family gatherings, and much more. The centerpiece of
our event is mochitsukipounding sweet rice with a
kine and usu (mallet and mortar) to make
mochi (rice cakes). Other activities include a demonstration of
kakizome (first calligraphy of the New Year),
hanetsuki and fukuwarai--traditional children’s games, and
In early June, JASDFW holds its Annual Meeting to elect officers and Board members and enjoy an entertaining and informative program. Highlights of
past years include Zadankai -
Table Talk, with experts on
a variety of subjects hosting
table discussions; a presentation by translator Tomiko Stahl about the book
Japanese Gestures: Modern
Manifestations of a Classic
Culture by Michitaro Tada;
an evening of country-western
fun with guest speaker Thomas S.
Foley; a sake-tasting program by
Griffith Frost; a tour of the
Collection of Asian Art; and a presentation by Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata.
Throughout the year, JASDFW
participates in several festivals
around the Metroplex. From kids'
booths to art festivals, there
is a wide variety of activities
for people of all ages. Be sure
to check out our
Calendar of Events page for
more information on these
JASDFW is always
looking for some outstanding
volunteers to help at our
numerous events and festivals.
If you or someone you know is
interested, please contact