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O-Tsukimi, the Moonviewing Festival (sold out)

Moonviewing, or O-Tsukimi in Japanese, is an annual festival and custom of gazing at the full moon and enjoying its sacred beauty. Portland Japanese Garden is upholding this beloved annual tradition this fall.

Start the evening with an intimate and peaceful stroll through the lantern-lit Garden. Take in authentic Japanese music. Catch up with friends, old and new. Enjoy a cup of tea as you watch the harvest moon rise above the city.

In celebration of Moonviewing, the raked gravel in the Flat Garden is designed in a special, once-a-year checkerboard raking pattern; the alternating squares of white river gravel cast shadows in the moonlight and are said to resemble rice fields at harvest time. Experience the Flat Garden during Moonviewing through this video.

Please no tripods or flash photography. 

Event Details:

  • Tea will be served in the Tateuchi Courtyard.
  • There will be traditional Japanese musical performances (koto by Mitsuki Dazai and shakuhachi by Patrick Johnson) throughout the event
  • Out of precaution and to keep a safe environment for all, this year’s event is modified from previous years (no food, tea demonstration, or sake) and limited to 100 guests per evening.
  • This event will take place rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.
  • There will be omiyage (souvenirs) for guests!
  • Ticket price is $50.00 and benefits Portland Japanese Garden and its programming.
  • Children 5 and under do not need their own ticket. Children 6 and up would need to have a ticket reserved for them.

To learn more about Moonviewing, see here.