Brooklyn Botanical Garden organizes the Sakura Matsuri or the Cherry Blossom Festival with blossom viewing, music performances and other events related to the celebration of the spring in the Japanese culture. There are also interesting educational workshops and demonstrations.
It's a fun event that lasts two days and you get to enjoy the Japanese culture as well as some Japanese delicacies. We have been attending this festival for the last four years and it always turns out great. Some people attend every event and others simply relax under the cherry blossoms and enjoy the spectacular nature. Weather forecast for this weekend isn't looking very bright but there is a large covered area where the performances take place. It won't be the same as a bright, sunny day but still gives you an excuse to spend few hours outdoors, enjoying the splendor of the spring; rain or not...
Here are some of my photos from the last year's festival.
From: Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Sakura Matsuri, New York City's "rite of spring," marks its 28th year with over 50 events and performances celebrating Japanese culture and the blossoming of BBG's 220 cherry trees.
Visitors to the weekend-long Cherry Blossom Festival can enjoy a range of performances from traditional Japanese music and dance to concerts by some of Japan's hottest J-pop stars, plus taiko drumming, an anime voice actor panel, bonsai pruning workshops, J-pop DJs, a traditional kimono show, and demonstrations and workshops for all ages. Bring your camera and join anime comedian Uncle Yo and the World Cosplay Summit Team USA in a giant Sakura Matsuri cosplay photo shoot!
May 2nd and 3rd, 2009. 10 am to 6 pm. Check the schedule for events:
*In case of rain, events will be moved to sheltered locations.
Adults: $12, Students and 65+: $6
© 2009 Sebastian Saint.