The Brooklyn Botanic Garden became Japanese for the day on Saturday, April 28, when the cherry blossoms should have been in bloom. Even though the trees had shed their pink finery, the day celebrated Japanese culture and tradition in style as “Sakura Matsuri” was unfurled.
From traditional taiko drumming and martial arts, funky pop bands, hanagasa odori, a flower hat dance procession, Uncle Yo’s stand up comedy, bonsai and ikebana flower arranging and doll displays, the day was stuffed with creative and colorful events. The beauty and tranquility of the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, with its koi fish, ducks and turtles, was especially lovely.
Many visitors took advantage of the day by dressing in traditional Japanese kimonos or as Tokyo goth gals, Victorian maidens with parasols, furry animals and super ninja heroes making Kodak moments momentous.
Thanks to T & A Tours of Branford for arranging this special day that ended at the delightful shops and boutiques and eateries at Chelsea Market for more fun, fashion and food.