Modern by Moonlight | Otsukimi Festival 2023
- September 16, 2023 7:00 PM
Modern by Moonlight | Otsukimi Festival
September 16, 7-10 pm
(Adult Event, Age 16+)
In recognition of the rich heritage of Tadao Ando, the architect of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth building, you are invited to celebrate Otsukimi, the annual Japanese festival that honors the autumn moon and the season ahead.
Additional tickets will be available at the door, weather permitting.
Tickets are nonrefundable.
• General Admission: $25
• Modern Members (Friend and Associate levels): two (2) at $15 each (Additional tickets $25 each)
• Advocate level members and higher receive two (2) free tickets. (Additional tickets $25 each)
Modern members should purchase tickets or make reservations by replying to their invitation sent by email.
Become a member for as little as $20/month or upgrade your membership by contacting the membership department.
7 pm Doors Open
• Robert Motherwell: Pure Painting and Jammie Holmes: Make the Revolution Irresistible on view
• On-site custom T-shirt screenprinting by Pan Ector Industries
• Lantern Launch in the Reflecting Pond
• Shodo Japanese Calligraphy at Café Modern
Performance by the Fort Worth Japanese Society’s Dondoko Taiko
Live musical performance by: Nik Parr and The Selfless Lovers
Live musical performance by: The Dirty Shirts
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
Bars will feature a selection of beer, wine, and a specialty cocktail.
NEW for 2023: Pre-purchase a drink package add-on and avoid waiting in line to tab out. Simply show your wristband at any bar throughout the event to receive complimentary beverages all evening, including beer, wine, and specialty cocktails.
Drink packages are $42 (includes tax).
Must be at least 21 years old to purchase this item. Valid government-issued ID required.
Japanese-inspired bites will be available for purchase.
• Tsukimi Beef and Egg Slider, $8 (Fried Quail Egg, Cheddar, Kewpie)
• Wok Fired Yakisoba Noodles, $8 (Bell Peppers, Onions, Snow Peas, Napa Cabbage, Carrots, Radicchio, Scallions; Vegan)
• Binchotan Grilled Yakitori, $4 (Green Circle Chicken and Scallion)
• Gyoza Dumplings (3 per order), $8 (Texas Fungus Oyster Mushrooms, Carrots, Cabbage, Ponzu Glazed; Vegan)
• Crawfish Okinomiyaki (Japanese Savory Pancake), $14 (Cabbage, Bonito Flakes, Pickled Ginger, Scallions, Bulldog Sauce, Kewpie)
• Kakigori Shaved Ice, $8 (Japanese-Style Shaved Ice with House-Made Syrups - Lychee, Blackberry, Kalimansi, Tamarindo;Vegan, with no Condensed Milk)
BENTO BOX DINNER FOR TWO (Feeds 2 people)
The order deadline has passed. Pre-ordered Bento Box dinners will be available for pickup at Otsukimi Festival on the Café Modern patio from 7–8 pm.
This is an OUTDOOR festival, weather permitting, it will take place rain or shine. In case of rain, all programs will move indoors.
Please do not bring lawn chairs, food, beverages, coolers, or pets.
Otsukimi, or “moon-viewing,” is a Japanese practice believed to have begun in the Heian Period (794–1185) that refers to the tradition of viewing and honoring the annual harvest moon. Historically, Otsukimi was an opportunity to express gratitude for a good harvest and share hope for similar bounty in the future. A full moon is considered auspicious and a clear symbol of abundance.
On Otsukimi, it is traditional to gather in a place where the moon can be seen clearly, usually on a date in September, which historic Japanese writings identify as the time of year with the best opportunity to see the moon at its brightest.
Supported by a grant from Texas Commission on the Arts
Sponsored in part by Bonham’s and AIA Fort Worth
Promotional support provided by Fort Worth Weekly
Our sincere thanks to the following community partners:
Japan America Society of Dallas Fort Worth
Fort Worth Sister Cities International
Fort Worth Japanese Society
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