From Japan to Washington DC to right here in Brooklyn, New York, one of the most majestic and incomparably lovely highlights of the spring season is the bloom of cherry blossom trees. Brooklyn’s collection of these splendid white and pink flowered trees from Japan sits in the expansive and eclectic Brooklyn Botanic Garden. As the wonder and beauty of this natural haven is, for the most part, on hold throughout the winter, there are many reasons to celebrate when the temperatures rise and the days lengthen. The best way to indulge is by attending the Brooklyn Cherry Blossom Festival.
Entitled, Sakura Matsuri, the festival is a full on Japanese culture experience. For an entire weekend at the end of April, guests of the Nu Hotel will be able to visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and dive headfirst into all of the fun. To help break down the most enticing attractions at the festival, here are some of the events we are most looking forward to.
Samurai Sword Soul
A performance by New York City’s premier samurai sword fighting troupe, Samurai Sword Soul promises to shock and astound all visitors. To experience the high-impact magic of your favorite samurai movies, be sure to check out this performance on Saturday, April 25th at 2:15pm.
Japanese Garden Stroll
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Japanese Garden is the focal point of this weekend celebration. To learn about the cherry blossoms, cloud-pruned trees and other lovely plants decorating this beautiful space, be sure to take one of the guided tours of the Japanese Garden taking place throughout the weekend.
Dancejapan with Sachiyo Ito
The swooping and masterful Japanese art of Kabuki Buyo dance is as fascinating to watch as it is to learn. To get a taste for this magnificent practice while also enjoying a performance by one of the best Kabuki dancers in New York City, be sure to check out Dancejapan with Sachiyo Ito on Sunday, April 26th at 1:00pm.
With a wealth of food, tours, vendors and other attractions, this year’s Brooklyn Cherry Blossom Festival promises to be truly out of this world.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225