26th Annual Sakura Matsuri

Once again, it is time for Sakura Matsuri, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s 26th  weekend-long Cherry Blossom Festival. This year, the sky was overcast, the breeze chilly and only a small number of the cherry trees were in bloom, but that didn’t put a damper on this annual celebration of Japanese culture.

Bundled-up families had picnics on the grass, then squeezed into the entertainment tents for workshops and demonstrations of ice sculpture, flower arranging, paper folding and cutting and doll-making. They listened to Japanese music (both traditional works and the latest J-Pop), watched a troupe of folk dancers, marvelled at a samurai drama and saw a performance called “Akin Funk Buddah’s Urban Tea Ceremony: Japanese Ritual Meets Classic Hip-Hop.”


Pink Blossoms
Originally uploaded by annulla.


Woman With Pink Parasol
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Women with fans
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Girl With Fabric Blossom in Her Hair
Originally uploaded by annulla.


Girl with stuffed cat
Originally uploaded by annulla.


Dance of 5 Fans
Originally uploaded by annulla.


Scene from Samuri Drama “The Red Shadow”
Originally uploaded by annulla.


J-Pop Star Zan
Originally uploaded by annulla.


Zan Singing
Originally uploaded by annulla.


Minbu Folk Dance
Originally uploaded by annulla.


White cherry blossoms
Originally uploaded by annulla.


Cherry blossoms
Originally uploaded by annulla.


Cherry blossom buds
Originally uploaded by annulla.


Smooching Under a Cherry Tree
Originally uploaded by annulla.

Sakura Matsuri
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Zan: Official Site
The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY
Samurai Sword Soul
Akim Funk Buddha
Wikipedia: J-Pop

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5 Responses to 26th Annual Sakura Matsuri

  1. moi says:

    Love the vibrancy of the festival..the pinks are pretty and the kimonos gorgeous!!!

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  2. photowannabe says:

    Thanks for the trip to the cherry blossom festival. Beautiful, colorful shots. I feel like I’m right there.

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  3. Cate says:

    Great pics of people at the festival! I love Brooklyn. I have a very good friend who lives there, so it’s a nice place to explore. Will enjoy reading more of your blog.

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  4. Oh my – I am so jealous! What an amazing looking festival! Thank you for sharing the fabulous photos!

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  5. Tbgxpnla says:

    TFW1uI comment5 ,

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