Photos from Sakura Matsuri 2011

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    • Visitors enjoy the shade and blossoms of cherry trees along Cherry Esplanade. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.Visitors enjoy the shade and blossoms of cherry trees along Cherry Esplanade. Photo by Rebecca Bullene.
    • Origami cranes folded on the South Meadow will be sent to Japan as a gesture of support and unity. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Origami cranes folded on the South Meadow will be sent to Japan as a gesture of support and unity. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York performs on the Cherry Esplanade Stage during Sakura Matsuri 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff. The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York performs on the Cherry Esplanade Stage during Sakura Matsuri 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • A demonstration on anime drawing at the Osborne Garden. Photo by Mike Ratliff. A demonstration on anime drawing at the Osborne Garden. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Children play with LaQ, a creative building block. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Children play with LaQ, a creative building block. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • The bonsai display in the Steinhardt Conservatory. Photo by Mike Ratliff. The bonsai display in the Steinhardt Conservatory. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Origami cranes folded on the South Meadow will be sent to Japan as a gesture of support and unity. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Origami cranes folded on the South Meadow will be sent to Japan as a gesture of support and unity. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Dancepan with Sachiyo Ito presented different  styles of traditional dance at Cherry Esplanade Stage. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Dancepan with Sachiyo Ito presented different styles of traditional dance at Cherry Esplanade Stage. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Tokyo goth gals, Victorian maidens, and boho Bo-Peeps followed the sounds of happyfunsmile across the grounds. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Tokyo goth gals, Victorian maidens, and boho Bo-Peeps followed the sounds of happyfunsmile across the grounds. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Uncle Yo hosted the second annual Cosplay Fashion Show at the Cherry Esplanade Stage with music courtesy of Morning Musuko. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Uncle Yo hosted the second annual Cosplay Fashion Show at the Cherry Esplanade Stage with music courtesy of Morning Musuko. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Dean Street FOO Dance performed a Butoh Dance in the Osborne Garden. The style originated in post World War II Japan as a protest against contemporary dance. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Dean Street FOO Dance performed a Butoh Dance in the Osborne Garden. The style originated in post World War II Japan as a protest against contemporary dance. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York led a Hanagasa Odori  (flower hat dance) at the Osborne Garden. Photo by Mike Ratliff. The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York led a Hanagasa Odori (flower hat dance) at the Osborne Garden. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Uncle Yo hosted the second annual Cosplay Fashion Show at the Cherry Esplanade Stage with music courtesy of Morning Musuko. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Uncle Yo hosted the second annual Cosplay Fashion Show at the Cherry Esplanade Stage with music courtesy of Morning Musuko. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Posing in the Cherry Walk. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Posing in the Cherry Walk. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Tokyo goth gals, Victorian maidens, and boho Bo-Peeps followed the sounds of happyfunsmile across the grounds. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Tokyo goth gals, Victorian maidens, and boho Bo-Peeps followed the sounds of happyfunsmile across the grounds. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Tokyo goth gals, Victorian maidens, and boho Bo-Peeps followed the sounds of happyfunsmile across the grounds. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Tokyo goth gals, Victorian maidens, and boho Bo-Peeps followed the sounds of happyfunsmile across the grounds. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • The bloom timing was perfect for Sakura Matsuri. Photo by Mike Ratliff. The bloom timing was perfect for Sakura Matsuri. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Morning Musuko, the world's only J-pop big band, brought brassy funk to the Cherry Esplanade Stage. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Morning Musuko, the world's only J-pop big band, brought brassy funk to the Cherry Esplanade Stage. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Uncle Yo hosted the second annual Cosplay Fashion Show at the Cherry Esplanade Stage with music courtesy of Morning Musuko. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Uncle Yo hosted the second annual Cosplay Fashion Show at the Cherry Esplanade Stage with music courtesy of Morning Musuko. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • The audience at the Cherry Esplanade stage gets into the grove. Photo by Mike Ratliff. The audience at the Cherry Esplanade stage gets into the grove. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York performs on the Cherry Esplanade Stage during Sakura Matsuri 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff. The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York performs on the Cherry Esplanade Stage during Sakura Matsuri 2011. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Posing by the Cherry Esplanade Stage. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Posing by the Cherry Esplanade Stage. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Soukyo Shimizu led a Sohenryu-style tea ceremony at the A.T. Whute Amphitheater on Sunday. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Soukyo Shimizu led a Sohenryu-style tea ceremony at the A.T. Whute Amphitheater on Sunday. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • The Brooklyn Go Club both taught and played the ancient game of Go at Puzzle Plaza in the meadow. Photo by Mike Ratliff. The Brooklyn Go Club both taught and played the ancient game of Go at Puzzle Plaza in the meadow. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Grandmaster Kaicho T. Nakamura showed what training and dedication can achieve. Here, one of his students leaps four others and breaks two pieces of wood with his foot. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Grandmaster Kaicho T. Nakamura showed what training and dedication can achieve. Here, one of his students leaps four others and breaks two pieces of wood with his foot. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Posing in the Cherry Walk. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Posing in the Cherry Walk. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Perfect spring weather accompanied guests and performers on Saturday. Photo by Mike Ratliff. Perfect spring weather accompanied guests and performers on Saturday. Photo by Mike Ratliff.

    This past weekend the 30th annual Sakura Matsuri cherry blossom festival brought in close to 70,000 visitors to BBG. With fantastic weather, the cherry trees in peak bloom, and 60-plus events and performances to enjoy, it was and incredible kickoff to spring. We put together a photo selection of some of the weekend highlights, but we hope you'll share your cherry blossom and Sakura photos with us on the BBG Hanami Group on Flickr!


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    May 2, 2011
    M&S

    WOW!!!! WISH I WAS THERE!



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