2014 Sakura Matsuri

Saturday, April 26–Sunday, April 27, 2014 | 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

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    • Master of ceremonies Yoshi Amao. Photo by Jason Gardner.Master of ceremonies Yoshi Amao. Photo by Jason Gardner.
    • Sachiyo Ito of Dancejapan. Photo by Mike Ratliff.Sachiyo Ito of Dancejapan. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Taiko and tap group Cobu. Photo by Mike Ratliff.Taiko and tap group Cobu. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Hiro Kurashima of Taiko Masala. Photo by Mike Ratliff.Hiro Kurashima of Taiko Masala. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Brooklyn Botanic Garden Cosplay Fashion Show. Photos by Mike Ratliff.Brooklyn Botanic Garden Cosplay Fashion Show. Photos by Mike Ratliff.
    • Traditional Kimono Fashion Show. Photo by Yoko Essel.Traditional Kimono Fashion Show. Photo by Yoko Essel.
    • Traditional Kimono Fashion Show. Photo by Yoko Essel.Traditional Kimono Fashion Show. Photo by Yoko Essel.
    • Hanagasa Odori, by the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY. Photo by Mike Ratliff.Hanagasa Odori, by the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • The J-Lounge at Osborne Garden. Photo by Jason Gardner.The J-Lounge at Osborne Garden. Photo by Jason Gardner.
    • BBG J-Lounge manga journal. Photo by Jean-Marc Grambert.BBG J-Lounge manga journal. Photo by Jean-Marc Grambert.
    • J-pop singer Hitomi Himekawa. J-pop singer Hitomi Himekawa.
    • Samurai Sword Soul. Photos by Jason Gardner.Samurai Sword Soul. Photos by Jason Gardner.
    • Urasenke tea ceremony. Photo by Jason Gardner.Urasenke tea ceremony. Photo by Jason Gardner.
    • Manga artist Misako Rocks. Photo by Mike Ratliff.Manga artist Misako Rocks. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • BBG Parasol Society. Photo by Mike Ratliff.BBG Parasol Society. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Cherry Blossom Wagashi from Minamoto Kitchoan.Cherry Blossom Wagashi from Minamoto Kitchoan.
    • Awa Odori Parade, by Shikoku, Japan's Home Island Project.Awa Odori Parade, by Shikoku, Japan's Home Island Project.
    • Okinawan pop by Ryukyu Chimdon Band.Okinawan pop by Ryukyu Chimdon Band.
    • The Mataro Ningyo Doll Museum by the Kimekomi Doll Club. Photo by Mike Ratliff.The Mataro Ningyo Doll Museum by the Kimekomi Doll Club. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Soh Daiko's lion dance. Photo by Mike Ratliff.Soh Daiko's lion dance. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Anime dance trio IchiP. Photo by Kale Fred Ng.Anime dance trio IchiP. Photo by Kale Fred Ng.
    • Ukiyo-e Heroes (left); photo courtesy of Jed Henry. Charles Battersby, host of the Battersby Show.Ukiyo-e Heroes (left); photo courtesy of Jed Henry. Charles Battersby, host of the Battersby Show.
    • The game of go with Brooklyn Go Club. Photo by Mike Ratliff.The game of go with Brooklyn Go Club. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
    • Harie paper collage by Junko Yamada (left); photo by Becket Logan. The C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum; photo by Julian Velasco.Harie paper collage by Junko Yamada (left); photo by Becket Logan. The C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum; photo by Julian Velasco.
    • Visitors at Sakura Matsuri. Photos by Ruiyan Xu (left) and Elizabeth Peters (right).Visitors at Sakura Matsuri. Photos by Ruiyan Xu (left) and Elizabeth Peters (right).

    A weekend celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture

    Taiko Drumming • Manga • Tea Ceremonies • J-Pop • Samurai Sword Fighting • Bonsai • Cosplay Fashion Show • Ikebana Flower Arranging • Kids’ Workshops • Nihon Buyo Classical Dance • Traditional Kimonos and More!


    MAIN STAGE AT CHERRY ESPLANADE

    11:30–11:45

    NY Taiko Aiko Kai Kids’ Team
    The next generation of taiko drummers

    11:45–12:30

    Taiko Masala
    Traditional taiko drumming and martial arts, Brooklyn-style

    1:00–1:45

    Dancejapan with Sachiyo Ito
    Elegant and colorful Nihon Buyo classical dance

    2:00–2:30

    BBG Parasol Society Fashion Show
    Featuring J-pop singer Hitomi Himekawa of Rainbow Bubble

    Tokyo goth gals, Victorian maidens, and boho Bo-Peeps present a prim and proper spectacle of grand proportions.

    2:45–3:45

    Traditional Kimono Fashion Show
    Edo-period couture presented by Emi Kikuchi and Japan Performing Arts

    4:00–4:45

    Samurai Sword Soul
    Action-packed drama by martial arts masters

    5:00–6:00

    Cobu
    Taiko and tap with an urban twist

    J-LOUNGE STAGE AT OSBORNE GARDEN

    12:30–1:00

    The Battersby Show: Special Guest Misako Rocks
    Renowned cosplayer and video game aficionado Charles Battersby chats with Misako Rocks about her life as a successful manga author.

    1:15–1:45

    IchiP Dance Party
    Brooklyn’s own anime dance trio

    2:00–2:45

    Hanagasa Odori Parade
    Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY

    Traditional flower hat dance procession

    3:00–3:45

    Taiko Masala Drum Workshop for Families
    A kiddie master class with Hiro Kurashima

    4:15–4:45

    The Battersby Show: Special Guest Jed Henry
    Renowned cosplayer and video game aficionado Charles Battersby chats with artist Jed Henry about his new game Edo Superstar.

    TRADITIONAL & BOTANICAL ARTS

    10:00–5:00

    Bonsai Basics
    Friends of Bonsai
    Steinhardt Conservatory

    10:00–5:00

    Living Sculpture Bonsai Exhibit
    Friends of Bonsai
    Steinhardt Conservatory

    10:00–5:00

    Ikebana Flower Arrangements
    The school of Sogetsu master Fumiko Allinder
    Rotunda

    12:30–2:00

    Ikebana Flower Arranging Demonstration
    Fumiko Allinder, Sogetsu expert
    Auditorium

    1:00–5:00

    Harie Rice Paper Collage Exhibit
    Artist Junko Yamada
    Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium

    1:00–5:00

    Mataro Ningyo Doll Museum
    Kimekomi Doll Club
    Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium

    1:00–5:00

    Sakura Game Stop: Shogi Chess
    New York Shogi Club
    Osborne Garden

    1:00–5:00

    Sakura Game Stop: The Game of Go
    Brooklyn Go Club
    Osborne Garden

    3:00–3:45

    Urasenke Tea Ceremony
    Urasenke Chanoyu Center
    Auditorium

    4:30–5:15

    Urasenke Tea Ceremony
    Urasenke Chanoyu Center
    Auditorium

    J-LOUNGE ART ALLEY AT OSBORNE GARDEN

    10:00–5:00

    Samurai Selfie
    Pose in your favorite warrior cutouts.

    10:00–5:00

    J-Lounge Manga Journal
    Calling manga artists of all ages!
    Sketch your favorite Sakura sightings and add them to this expanding art installation.

    10:00–5:00

    CosplayNYC Magazine
    Meet the creators of New York’s only monthly cosplay publication.

    10:00–5:00

    Ukiyo-e Heroes Woodblock and Giclée Prints
    Illustrator Jed Henry blends iconic video game characters with Edo-era art traditions.

    11:00–11:45

    Ukiyo-e Illustration Demonstration with Artist Jed Henry
    See video game characters reimagined before your eyes.

    1:30–2:15

    Manga Drawing for Kids with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop for kids ages 6 to 13.

    2:00–2:45

    Ukiyo-e Illustration Demonstration with Artist Jed Henry
    See video game characters reimagined before your eyes.

    2:45–3:30

    Manga Drawing with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop for adults and teens.

    3:30–5:00

    Book Signing with Misako Rocks
    Meet the famed manga author and illustrator.

    KID STUFF

    10:00–5:00

    J-Lounge Manga Journal
    Sketch your favorite Sakura sightings and add them to this expanding art installation.
    Osborne Garden

    10:00–5:00

    You Look Radishing!
    Pose as a daikon radish.
    Osborne Garden

    11:00–11:45

    Children’s Suzuki Recital
    Classical music performed by kids from Brooklyn College Preparatory Center
    Auditorium

    11:30–11:45

    NY Taiko Aiko Kai Kids’ Team
    The next generation of taiko drummers
    Cherry Esplanade Stage

    1:00–4:00

    Rice Shaker Workshop
    Make your own instrument to take home.
    Osborne Garden

    1:00¬–5:00

    Samurai Origami Workshop
    Fold a paper helmet with Jeremy Aaron Horland.
    Osborne Garden

    1:30–2:15

    Manga Drawing for Kids with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop for kids ages 6 to 13.
    Osborne Garden

    3:00–3:45

    Taiko Masala Drum Workshop for Families
    A kiddie master class with Hiro Kurashima
    J-Lounge Stage at Osborne Garden

    MARKETPLACE AT OSBORNE GARDEN

    10:00–5:00

    Minamoto Kitchoan Wagashi Shop
    Seasonal Japanese confections and treats

    10:00–5:00

    Tabi Socks, Ninja Boots, and Wooden Geta Shoes
    An array of Japanese footwear, Greentea Design

    10:00–5:00

    Shimanto Newspaper Handbags
    Handmade totes crafted from Japanese newspapers, Shimanto Drama

    10:00–5:00

    Community Bookstore Sakura Shop
    Contemporary Japanese fiction, cookbooks, manga, and much more

    10:00–5:00

    Japanese Wall Scrolls
    Brush-painted works of art, Greentea Design

    10:00–5:00

    Vintage Kimonos
    Fashions straight from Japan, YokoDana Kimono

    EXPLORING THE GARDEN

    10:00–Noon

    Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden Tours
    Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

    10:00–5:00

    Hanami Books
    BBG Library

    1:00–2:00

    Seasonal Highlights Tour
    Visitor Center

    2:00–4:00

    C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum Tours
    Steinhardt Conservatory

    MAIN STAGE AT CHERRY ESPLANADE

    Noon–12:45

    Soh Daiko
    Thunderous performances by the East Coast’s premier taiko drum ensemble

    1:00–1:45

    Dancejapan with Sachiyo Ito
    Elegant and colorful Nihon Buyo classical dance

    2:00–2:45

    Samurai Sword Soul
    Action-packed drama by martial arts masters

    3:00–3:45

    Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY
    Vibrant traditional Minbu dances

    4:00–5:00

    Ryukyu Chimdon Band
    Bubbly Okinawan pop music straight from Japan

    5:15–6:00

    Cosplay Fashion Show
    The fifth annual showcase of cosplay’s finest

    J-LOUNGE STAGE AT OSBORNE GARDEN

    Noon–12:30

    The Battersby Show: Special Guest Jed Henry
    Renowned cosplayer and video game aficionado Charles Battersby chats with artist Jed Henry about his game Edo Superstar

    1:00–1:45

    Awa Odori Parade
    A festive procession by Home Island Project of Shikoku, Japan

    2:00–2:30

    Magician Rich Kameda
    Classic illusions with a Japanese twist

    3:00–3:30

    Hitomi Himekawa and the Rainbow Bubble Girls
    Effervescent J-pop led by composer Hitomi Himekawa

    4:00–4:30

    Magician Rich Kameda
    Classic illusions with a Japanese twist

    4:30–5:15

    Awa Odori Parade
    A festive procession by Home Island Project of Shikoku, Japan

    TRADITIONAL AND BOTANICAL ARTS

    10:00–5:00

    Bonsai Basics
    Friends of Bonsai
    Steinhardt Conservatory

    10:00–5:00

    Living Sculpture Bonsai Exhibit
    Friends of Bonsai
    Steinhardt Conservatory

    10:00–5:00

    Ikebana Flower Arrangements
    The school of Sogetsu master Fumiko Allinder
    Rotunda

    Noon–1:00

    “The Art of Bonsai” Lecture
    BBG bonsai curator Julian Velasco
    Auditorium

    1:00–5:00

    Harie Rice Paper Collage Exhibit
    Artist Junko Yamada
    Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium

    1:00–5:00

    Mataro Ningyo Doll Museum
    Kimekomi Doll Club
    Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium

    1:00–5:00

    Sakura Game Stop: Shogi Chess
    New York Shogi Club
    Osborne Garden

    1:00–5:00

    Sakura Game Stop: The Game of Go
    Brooklyn Go Club
    Osborne Garden

    1:30–2:15

    Moku Hanga Woodblock Lecture
    Artist April Vollmer
    Auditorium

    2:30–3:30

    Sohenryu-Style Tea Ceremony
    Tea masters Soumi Shimizu and Sōkyo Shimizu
    Auditorium

    4:00–5:00

    Sohenryu-Style Tea Ceremony
    Tea masters Soumi Shimizu and Sōkyo Shimizu
    Auditorium

    J-LOUNGE ART ALLEY AT OSBORNE GARDEN

    10:00–5:00

    Samurai Selfie
    Pose in your favorite warrior cutouts.

    10:00–5:00

    J-Lounge Manga Journal
    Calling manga artists of all ages!
    Sketch your favorite Sakura sightings and add them to this expanding art installation.

    10:00–5:00

    CosplayNYC Magazine
    Meet the creators of New York’s only monthly cosplay publication.

    10:00–5:00

    Ukiyo-e Heroes Woodblock and Giclée Prints
    Illustrator Jed Henry blends iconic video game characters with Edo-era art traditions.

    Noon–12:45

    Manga Drawing for Kids with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop for kids ages 6 to 13.

    1:30–2:15

    Manga Drawing with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop for adults and teens.

    1:30–2:15

    Ukiyo-e Illustration Demonstration with Artist Jed Henry
    See video game characters reimagined before your eyes.

    2:45–3:30

    Manga Drawing with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop for adults and teens.

    3:00–3:45

    Ukiyo-e Illustration Demonstration with Artist Jed Henry
    See video game characters reimagined before your eyes.

    3:30–5:00

    Book Signing with Misako Rocks
    Meet the famed manga author and illustrator.

    KID STUFF AT OSBORNE GARDEN

    10:00–5:00

    J-Lounge Manga Journal
    Sketch your favorite Sakura sightings and add them to this expanding art installation.

    10:00–5:00

    You Look Radishing!
    Pose as a daikon radish.

    Noon–12:45

    Manga Drawing for Kids with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop for kids ages 6 to 13.

    1:00–4:00

    Rice Shaker Workshop
    Make your own instrument to take home.

    1:00–5:00

    Samurai Origami Workshop
    Fold a paper helmet with Jeremy Aaron Horland.

    2:00–2:30

    Magician Rich Kameda
    Classic illusions with a Japanese twist.

    4:00–4:30

    Magician Rich Kameda
    Classic illusions with a Japanese twist.

    MARKETPLACE AT OSBORNE GARDEN

    10:00–5:00

    Minamoto Kitchoan Wagashi Shop
    Seasonal Japanese confections and treats

    10:00–5:00

    Tabi Socks, Ninja Boots, and Wooden Geta Shoes
    An array of Japanese footwear, Greentea Design

    10:00–5:00

    Shimanto Newspaper Handbags
    Handmade totes crafted from Japanese newspapers, Shimanto Drama

    10:00–5:00

    Community Bookstore Sakura Shop
    Contemporary Japanese fiction, cookbooks, manga, and much more

    10:00–5:00

    Japanese Wall Scrolls
    Brush-painted works of art, Greentea Design

    10:00–5:00

    Vintage Kimonos
    Fashions straight from Japan, YokoDana Kimono

    EXPLORING THE GARDEN

    10:00–Noon

    Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden Tours
    Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

    10:00–5:00

    Hanami Books
    BBG Library

    1:00–2:00

    Seasonal Highlights Tour
    Visitor Center

    2:00–4:00

    C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum Tours
    Steinhardt Conservatory

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