Vendor List

  1. Woodblock Demonstration by Kazuko Goto
  2. Journeybunny
  3. ITO EN (North America) INC.
  4. Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth (Organizer)
  5. Calligraphy
  6. Bright Wish Kanzashi
  7. Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas at Dallas (Organizer)
  8. The University of Texas at Dallas
  9. Thousand Cranes LLC
  10. AliStar
  11. Japan Airlines
  12. Just2Artists
  13. Dango
  14. Origami
  15. Rabbit Ears
  16. Left Field Media
  17. Simple Gaijin Japanese Services
  18. Mitsuwa Marketplace Texas Plano/
    Oh! Mai Goodness Japanese bakery
  19. Good Times Donut
  20. Madame Butterfly Nagasaki
  21. Ikebana International Dallas Chapter 13
  22. Bobaddiction
  23. F&F Express
  24. Sushi Spin
  25. Plushies of Japan

*If the Otsukimi food vendors are especially busy during the evening, we also encourage you to support eating establishments in Frisco Square, adjacent to our event. There are a wide options of choices, and you can explore more at

Stage Performance

6:00 PMOpening Remarks
by Jeff Cheney, Mayor of Frisco
6:05 PMWelcome Remarks
by Amy Lewis Hofland, Crow Museum of Asian Art of The University of Texas at Dallas
6:10 PMKiyari Daiko (Japanese Drums)
6:30 PMWelcome Remarks
by Grant Ogata, JASDFW and Masaya Sagawa, Consulate-General of Japan in Houston
6:35 PMHaiku Introduction
6:45 PMSallad (Japanese Band)
7:10 PMThe Denton Dojo (Iaido)
7:30 PMHaiku Activity with Amy Lewis Hofland
8:10 PMMaster Stan “Kakudo” Richardson and Mujuan Dojo
(Shakuhachi Ensemble)
8:30 PMCris Gale & Jon Toney (Ocarina & Guitar)
8:50 PMClosing Remarks
by Amy Lewis Hofland & Paul Pass, JASDFW

What is Otsukimi?

The Japanese Otsukimi Festival, literally meaning “moon-viewing”, celebrates the Harvest Moon that typically falls on the 5th day of the eighth month of the traditional Japanese calendar. In 2019, Otsukimi falls on Friday, September 13. It is said that the Otsukimi moon-viewing custom was first introduced to Japan by China, during the Heian period. The celebration is culturally important across East and Southeast Asia, where festivities often include outdoor evening picnics, seasonal cuisine, and giving thanks for the bountiful harvest of the year. In Japan, the most important imagery and objects associated with Otsukimi are rice dumplings called Tsukimi-dango, Japanese pampas grass called susuki, various types of farm crops, and, of course, the full moon!

Legend of “Moon Rabbit”

Similar to how in America we often point out “The Man in the Moon” when we look at the full moon at night, the Japanese and various other Asian cultures see the “Moon Rabbit.” The Japanese believe that the Moon Rabbit is pounding rice into a paste that will be made into mochi rice cakes. Ancient Buddhist folklore tells of a virtuous rabbit that gave its life to feed a Buddhist deity disguised as a poor, elderly man. Touched by the rabbit’s selflessness, the deity drew the rabbit’s shape into the surface of the moon where it remains to this day. The tale is said to have given rise to Harvest Moon festivals across Asia. The next time there is a full moon, look into the night sky and see if you can find the Moon Rabbit making mochi!