FeelNYC with the Cherry Blossom Season in New York. It’s that time of year again and the cherry blossom trees are blooming, thus the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) will once again be celebrating Hanami and the fascinating Sakura Matsuri Festival this April 28th and 29th 2012 in its honour.
The cherry blossom, believed to be a symbol of the natural life of a samurai (short-lived), is the national flower of Japan. Thus Hanami, the Japanese tradition of enjoying the cherry blossom season, is celebrated in the BBG. Celebrated on an annual basis since 1981, this Japanese spring festival is one of this New York garden’s biggest attractions.
During Cherry Blossom Season, all the cherry blossom trees flower making for a stunning display on the Cherry Esplanade in the Gardens. On the final two days of Hanami, the BBG hosts their annual Sakuri Matsuri Festival, where locals and visitors alike can discover and enjoy a weekend of Japanese culture.
This festival, called Sakura, Japanese for cherry, comprises an entire weekend celebration of Japanese traditional and contemporary culture. Japanese and cherry blossom enthusiasts can enjoy a rich programme of activities and events including Taiko Drumming, Minbu Folk Dancing, Children’s workshops, a Cosplay Fashion Show, Bonsai demonstrations, Samurai sword fighting, Manga artists, tea ceremonies and much more!
Finally, visitors can enjoy what they originally came to see…..more than 200 trees blooming in all their glory, in various parts of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The Sakuri Matsuri Festival 2012 starts at 10am and runs until 6pm. So, make sure you don’t miss out on any of these exciting Japanese activities and the chance to enjoy a picnic under the lovely, flowering cherry blossom trees!