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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

TONIGHT: Otsukimi - Moon Viewing Festival

We enjoyed a rare, celestial treat earlier this morning as Mother Nature presented us with a total lunar eclipse that was also a stunning 'Blood Moon.' For those who do not already know, this uncommon cosmic occurrence happens when the sun, earth and moon are perfectly aligned. It is referred to as a 'Blood Moon' due to the mesmerizing, slightly eerie orange and red hues the moon glows with as the sun's light scatters off the earth's atmosphere. Simply amazing.

Could you not quite awake from your peaceful slumber here at Museum Tower Dallas to see the moon? We completely understand. While we cannot witness the sky's performance again until next fall, we do have good news.

In honor of this rare astrological event, Crow Collection of Asian Art has partnered with the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth to bring you an evening of lunar celebration at Klyde Warren Park TONIGHT.

Mostly celebrated in ancient Japan, Otsukimi or the Japanese Moon Viewing Festival, existed to celebrate the beauty of the autumn moon and the fall harvest. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. and continuing until 9:30 p.m., this cultural experience will feature Japanese music, haiku poetry and folk tales. Additionally, for the first time, The Perot Museum of Nature and Science will provide large telescopes for all to enjoy views of the luminescent full moon and present hands on experiments for you to learn about the science of the sky. Savor will also be selling Japanese Fusion Bento Boxes for your culinary enjoyment. Bring the entire family and revel in the soft glow of the fall moonlight. This is one outdoor picnic you won't want to miss.