Japan Society of Fairfield County
Otsukimi 2006

Musicians moon and frogOtsukimi was our first event of the year that was blessed by good weather. This event was jointly sponsored with the Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem, New York.  The event began at 6:30 PM on August 11th with a tea ceremony demonstration given by Michael McKenna. Because the event so was well attended, a second sitting of the tea ceremony demonstration was given.
Before the concert began at 8:30, we enjoyed dinner, the exhibitions at the Hammond Museum, a silent auction for the Hammond Museum, and a stroll through the Japanese Garden.  Asahi Shozo company donated sake for a pre concert sake tasting.
Sunset was 7:53 PM and the frogs began their accompaniment.  Five pieces were played by Shoji Mizumoto on the shakuhachi and Motoko Kuroda and Charles Tang on the koto.
The sky was very clear and dark before the moonrise and bonus views of at least 3 satellites and 2 Perseid meteors were available to the careful sky watcher.  Our guests from the Consul General of Japan in New York, Hisashi Takishima and Miyuki Kuranishi, particularly enjoyed the view of the sky. The moon finally showed itself between the trees and low clouds at 10:15 to end a magical evening.
Lorraine Laken took the photos below:
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