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In honor of Cheekwood’s celebration of Moon Viewing, we’re hosting a haiku contest! A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression. Get creative and send us your best work.

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Any Gardens Only or Gardens & Mansion Access tickets will let you enjoy Japanese Moon Viewing

Beer Garden | 5 PM OR 6:30 PM Join Chef Nanakubo, the Consul General’s chef, for a tasting of wagyu beef and sake. Chef Nanakubo will walk participants through two different ways to prepare the beef and talk about its significance to Japan. Attendees will then taste at least three types of sake, all from Japan, and learn about the different varieties and what to look for when purchasing sake.

Please note that participants must be 21 and IDs will be checked at the door. Refunds will not be given to those without ID or under 21. Admission to the tasting also includes admission to the rest of the Japanese Moon Viewing programming. For those who have already purchased tickets for the general Moon Viewing event but would like to register for the tasting, please complete the registration for the tasting to secure a spot and then email [email protected] and a refund will be issued for the other ticket.

This is an add on experience to Japanese Moon Viewing
Non-members: $50 + General Admission (includes daytime admission to gardens)

Members: $30

5 PM Tasting Registration
6:30 PM Tasting Registration

Otsukimi, the 8th Annual Japanese Moon Viewing festival will take place the night of the Harvest Moon, October 9, 2022, in partnership with the Consulate General of Japan and Japan American Society of Tennessee. The afternoon and moonlit evening will feature tea ceremony demonstrations, origami and other hands-on activities, and music and dance celebrating Japanese art, gardens and culture.

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