Your feed is going to blow up with shots of this weekend-long bash that celebrates Japanese culture—so why miss out on the fun? To celebrate the end of Hanami (read: the season of Japanese flower porn), Brooklyn Botanic Garden unveils cherry blossoms at their picturesque peak for two glorious days. But that’s only part of the draw. There’s also a Japanese tea room, an art gallery and a mini flea market hawking loot such as mouthwatering Raaka chocolates, wall scrolls and silk wraps. Stay for the jam-packed schedule of entertainment, which includes taiko drummers, cosplay actors, samurai sword masters, J-rock bands, stand-up comics and dance parties.
|Venue name:||Brooklyn Botanic Garden||Contact:|
990 Washington Ave
|Cross street:||at President St|
|Opening hours:||Tue–Fri 8am–6pm; Sat, Sun 10am–6pm|
|Transport:||Subway: B, Q, Franklin Ave S to Prospect Park; 2, 3 to Eastern Pkwy–Brooklyn Museum; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Franklin Ave|
|Price:||Adults $30, students and seniors $25|
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I finally got to Sakura Matsuri this year, while it was still sweater weather in early springtime, and I had a lovely time. The cherry blossoms were just beginning to bloom, so I didn't get to see the courtyard lined with the trees in full bloom, but there's a LOT more going on here than just the foliage. I had no idea Sakura Matsuri was a full-on cosplay festival. There's all sorts of cartoon and anime characters wandering the grounds, just beckoning you to take photos with them, plus yummy Japanese food and performances, like drumming and dancing. Definitely take a long walk around the Japanese garden lakeside.