Photos from Small Scale

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    • Japanese folk dance at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Japanese folk dance at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Julian Velasco, curator of the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum gives a talk at Small Scale, a narrated dinner dedicated to the high arts of Japanese gastronomy and horticulture. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Julian Velasco, curator of the C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum gives a talk at Small Scale, a narrated dinner dedicated to the high arts of Japanese gastronomy and horticulture. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Visitors take a tour of the Bonsai Museum at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Visitors take a tour of the Bonsai Museum at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Visitors discus the art of bonsai at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Visitors discus the art of bonsai at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Visitors viewing bonsai after dinner. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Visitors viewing bonsai after dinner. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Free-flowing sake at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Free-flowing sake at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Some of the selected sakes tasted at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Some of the selected sakes tasted at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • guests watching traditional Japanese folk dancing at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.guests watching traditional Japanese folk dancing at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Bonsai curator Julian Velasco gives a talk on the art of bonsai. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Bonsai curator Julian Velasco gives a talk on the art of bonsai. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Director of public programs, Anita Jacobs, introduces the creative masterminds of Momo Sushi Shack. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Director of public programs, Anita Jacobs, introduces the creative masterminds of Momo Sushi Shack. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Japanese fan dance at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Japanese fan dance at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Japanese fan dance at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Japanese fan dance at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Restaurateur Phillip Gilmour and sake expert Hiromi Iuchi of Kuramoto U.S. at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Restaurateur Phillip Gilmour and sake expert Hiromi Iuchi of Kuramoto U.S. at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Guests at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Guests at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Guests at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Guests at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Guests at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Guests at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Tasting tapas at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Tasting tapas at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • The tapas and sake pairing menu at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.The tapas and sake pairing menu at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • The last sake tasted at Small Scale (it was delicious!). Photo by Rebecca Bullene.The last sake tasted at Small Scale (it was delicious!). Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Dancing at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Dancing at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Guests admiring bonsai at Smalle Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Guests admiring bonsai at Smalle Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Tapas tasting at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Tapas tasting at Small Scale. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.

    BBG celebrated the opening of its new bonsai exhibition, Graceful Perseverance, with a magical evening called Small Scale on Friday, February 11, in the Palm House.

    As the evening got under way, guests sipped sake as bonsai curator Julian Velasco spoke about the art of bonsai and the creation of the exhibition. Dinner was an exquisite composition of gemlike vegetarian dishes, created by Chef Makoto Suzuki of Momo Sushi Shack. Each course, presented by Momo Sushi Shack’s Phillip Gilmore, was carefully paired with its own fine sake by expert Hiromi Iouchi. Conversation flowed—and so did the sake—as in between courses, performers from the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York provided an elegant visual tribute to the traditional arts of Japan.

    By the end of the evening, DJ Saiko Mikan’s ’60s Japanese pop tunes had the Palm House dance floor filled with a mingling of full-length kimono, long beards, stockinged feet, and seriously loosened ties.


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