Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival

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Cherry blossoms are at their picturesque peak during this two-day celebration at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, but there's a whole lot more to see than just pink and white petals. Visit a Japanese tea room, peruse an art gallery and shop a mini flea market hawking loot such as mouthwatering Raaka chocolates, wall scrolls and silk wraps. There's also a packed lineup of entertainment including taiko drummers, cosplay actors, samurai sword masters, J-rock bands, stand-up comics and dance parties.

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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.