Sakura Matsuri 2015

Saturday, April 25–Sunday, April 26, 2015 | 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

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    • Awa Odori Parade by Takarabune Dance of Shikoku, Japan. Photo by Liz Ligon.Awa Odori Parade by Takarabune Dance of Shikoku, Japan. Photo by Liz Ligon.
    • The Sakura Matsuri Cosplay Fashion Show. Photo by Liz Ligon.The Sakura Matsuri Cosplay Fashion Show. Photo by Liz Ligon.
    • Taiko Masala. Photo by Liz Ligon.Taiko Masala. Photo by Liz Ligon.
    • Tea masters Soumi Shimizu and Sōkyo Shimizu, leaders of the Sohenryu-Style Tea Ceremony (left). The Mataro Ningyo Doll Museum by The Kimekomi Doll Club (right). Photos by Liz LigonTea masters Soumi Shimizu and Sōkyo Shimizu, leaders of the Sohenryu-Style Tea Ceremony (left). The Mataro Ningyo Doll Museum by The Kimekomi Doll Club (right). Photos by Liz Ligon
    • Master of Ceremonies Yoshi Amao. Photo by Liz Ligon.Master of Ceremonies Yoshi Amao. Photo by Liz Ligon.
    • Nama Chocolate Maccha from Royce' Chocolate. Photo credit Royce' Confect (left). Cherry blossom wagashi from Minamoto Kitchoan (right). Nama Chocolate Maccha from Royce' Chocolate. Photo credit Royce' Confect (left). Cherry blossom wagashi from Minamoto Kitchoan (right).
    • Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Parasol Society. Photo by Liz Ligon.Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Parasol Society. Photo by Liz Ligon.
    • Visitors at Sakura Matsuri. Photos by Liz Ligon.Visitors at Sakura Matsuri. Photos by Liz Ligon.
    • The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY. Photo by Liz Ligon.The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY. Photo by Liz Ligon.
    • Akim Funk Buddha. Photo by House Van Helsing. Akim Funk Buddha. Photo by House Van Helsing.
    • Ukiyo-e Heroes (left), image courtesy of Jed Henry; Art by Kate T. Williamson (above right), image courtesy of Kate T. Williamson; Art by Abby Denson (below right), image copyright Abby DensonUkiyo-e Heroes (left), image courtesy of Jed Henry; Art by Kate T. Williamson (above right), image courtesy of Kate T. Williamson; Art by Abby Denson (below right), image copyright Abby Denson
    • Visitors at Sakura Matsuri. Photo by Liz Ligon.Visitors at Sakura Matsuri. Photo by Liz Ligon.

    A weekend celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture

    Taiko Drumming • Cosplay Fashion Show • Tea Ceremonies • Kabuki Dance • Samurai Sword Fighting • Manga Drawing • Vintage Kimonos • Bonsai
    Kids’ Workshops • Wagashi Sweets • BBG Parasol Society and More!


    APRIL 25

    MAIN STAGE AT CHERRY ESPLANADE

    Noon–12:45

    Soh Daiko
    Thunderous taiko drumming

    1:15–2:00

    Dancejapan with Sachiyo Ito
    Elegant and colorful Kabuki Buyo dance

    2:15–3:00

    Samurai Sword Soul
    Action-packed drama by martial arts masters

    3:15–4:00

    Takarabune Dance
    Awa Odori dance and narimono drum ensemble from Shikoku, Japan

    4:15–4:45

    BBG Parasol Society Fashion Show
    Featuring live music by the Hanami Ensemble

    A prim and proper pageant of grand proportions

    5:00–6:00

    Akim Funk Buddha’s Urban Tea Ceremony
    An unparalleled cross-cultural experience

    J-LOUNGE STAGE AT OSBORNE GARDEN

    11:00–11:30

    Stand-up Comic Kaori
    Tokyo’s rising star of “cool Japan” comedy

    Noon–1:00

    The Battersby Show: Beginner Cosplay Crafting
    Cosplay superstar Charles Battersby chats with panelists Ann Milana, Lady Ava, Mink-the-Satyr, and Uncle Yo.

    1:15–1:45

    Stand-up Comic Uncle Yo
    Geek comedy for the American otaku

    2:00–3:00

    The Battersby Show: Intermediate Cosplay Skills
    Cosplay superstar Charles Battersby offers tips for taking your cosplay to the next level, with panelists Aleta Pardalis, Ann Milana, Lady Ava, and Mink-the-Satyr.

    3:15–3:45

    Stand-up Comic Uncle Yo
    Geek comedy for the American otaku

    4:15–4:45

    Hanagasa Odori Parade
    Flower hat dance with the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York.

    BONSAI, IKEBANA & TORII TOURS

    10:00–Noon

    Japanese Garden Stroll
    A guided tour of BBG’s cloud-pruned trees, torii gate, and coy koi
    Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

    10:00–5:00

    C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum
    Enjoy the Garden’s world-class collection of teeny trees.
    Steinhardt Conservatory

    10:00–5:00

    Bonsai Basics
    Consult the aficionados from the Friends of Bonsai club.
    Steinhardt Conservatory

    10:00–5:00

    Living Sculpture Bonsai Exhibit
    A rare peek at the Friends of Bonsai club’s private collection
    Steinhardt Conservatory

    10:00–5:00

    Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibit
    The art of Japanese flower arranging on display
    Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium

    1:00–2:00

    Sogetsu Ikebana Demonstration
    Flower arranging with Yoko Ikura and Shoko Iwata
    Auditorium

    TRADITIONAL ARTS & GAMES

    10:00–5:00

    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

    4:15–5:00

    Urasenke Tea Ceremony
    Urasenke Chanoyu Center
    Auditorium

    J-LOUNGE GALLERY AT OSBORNE GARDEN

    10:00–5:00

    Kate T. Williamson Watercolors
    Cherry blossoms, sumo wrestlers, and everything in between

    10:00–5:00

    Rumi Hara Illustrations
    From basic black ink to colorful contemporary whimsy

    10:00–5:00

    Ukiyo-e Heroes Woodblock and Giclée Prints
    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.

    11:00–5:00

    CosplayNYC Magazine: Be a Poser
    Learn to pose for photo shoots like a pro.

    2:00–2:45

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

    3:00–5:00

    The Return of Japanese Wolves Book Signing
    Meet creator Rumi Hara.

    3:00–5:00

    A Year in Japan Book Signing
    Meet artist Kate T. Williamson.

    MANGA MADNESS AT OSBORNE GARDEN

    10:00–5:00

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

    10:00–5:00

    Cool Japan Guide: Fun in the Land of Manga, Lucky Cats and Ramen Book Signing
    Meet author-illustrator Abby Denson and pick up a copy of her brand-new travel guide.

    10:00–5:00

    The Foreigner and Manga for Dummies Book Signings
    Meet manga creator Kensuke Okabayashi.

    Noon–12:45

    Manga Drawing with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop (Ages 6 and up).

    1:15–2:00

    Manga Drawing with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop (Ages 6 and up).

    2:00–3:00

    Rock and Roll Love Book Signing
    Meet manga maven Misako Rocks.

    3:00–3:45

    Manga Drawing with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop (Ages 6 and up).

    4:15–5:00

    Manga Drawing with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop (Ages 6 and up).

    KID STUFF AT OSBORNE GARDEN

    10:00–5:00

    J-Lounge Manga Journal—Junior Edition
    Calling manga artists ages 3 to 10!
    Sketch your favorite Sakura sightings and add them to this expanding art installation.

    10:00–5:00

    Samurai Selfie
    Pose in your favorite warrior cutouts.

    10:00–5:00

    You Look Radishing!
    Pose as a daikon radish.

    Noon–12:45

    Manga Drawing with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop (Ages 6 and up).

    1:00–5:00

    Brew for You
    Make your own tea bag to take home.

    1:00–5:00

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

    1:15–2:00

    Manga Drawing with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop (Ages 6 and up).

    3:00–3:45

    Manga Drawing with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop (Ages 6 and up).

    4:15–5:00

    Manga Drawing with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop (Ages 6 and up).

    JAPANESE MARKET AT OSBORNE GARDEN

    10:00–5:00

    Minamoto Kitchoan Wagashi Shop
    Seasonal Japanese confections and treats

    10:00–5:00

    Royce’ Chocolate Shop
    Chocolate and maccha creations from Hokkaido, Japan

    10:00–5:00

    Sakura Creations Graphic Tees
    Wearable Japanese art

    10:00–5:00

    Tenugui Wraps
    Cool cotton cloths by Wuhao Tenugui Art

    10:00–5:00

    Ito En Fine Teas
    Japan’s largest green tea distributor

    10:00–5:00

    J-Fashion Accessories
    Handcrafted kawaii adornments by Un-Re Designs

    10:00–5:00

    Tabi Socks, Ninja Boots, and Wooden Geta Shoes
    Japanese footwear from Greentea Design

    10:00–5:00

    Community Bookstore Sakura Shop
    An array of Japanese reads

    10:00–5:00

    Japanese Wall Scrolls
    Brush paintings from Greentea Design

    10:00–5:00

    Vintage Kimonos
    Fashions straight from Japan by YokoDana Kimono

    APRIL 26

    MAIN STAGE AT CHERRY ESPLANADE

    Noon–12:45

    Cobu
    Taiko and tap with an urban twist

    1:00–1:45

    Dancejapan with Sachiyo Ito
    Elegant and colorful Kabuki Buyo 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

    4:00–4:15

    NY Suwa Taiko Kids All Stars
    The next generation of taiko talent

    4:15–5:00

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

    5:15–6:00

    The Sixth Annual Sakura Matsuri Cosplay Fashion Show
    Original Music by Taiko Masala

    The East Coast’s premier outdoor showcase of cosplay’s finest

    J-LOUNGE STAGE AT OSBORNE GARDEN

    11:00–11:45

    Taiko Drumming for Families
    A kiddie master class with Hiro Kurashima of Taiko Masala

    Noon–12:45

    Awa Odori Parade
    A festive procession by Takarabune Dance from Shikoku, Japan

    1:00–2:00

    The Battersby Show: What Is Cosplay?
    Renowned cosplayer Charles Battersby joins panelists Aleta Pardalis, Dokudel, Mario Bueno, Uncle Yo, and YuffieBunny to answer the age-old question, “Why are they dressed like that?”

    2:15–2:45

    Magician Rich Kameda
    Classic illusions with a Japanese twist

    3:00–3:45

    Awa Odori Parade
    A festive procession by Takarabune Dance from Shikoku, Japan

    4:00–4:30

    Magician Rich Kameda
    Classic illusions with a Japanese twist

    BONSAI, IKEBANA & TORII TOURS

    10:00–Noon

    Japanese Garden Stroll
    A guided tour of BBG’s cloud-pruned trees, torii gate, and coy koi
    Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

    10:00–5:00

    C.V. Starr Bonsai Museum
    Enjoy the Garden’s world-class collection of teeny trees.
    Steinhardt Conservatory

    10:00–5:00

    Bonsai Basics
    Consult the aficionados from the Friends of Bonsai club.
    Steinhardt Conservatory

    10:00–5:00

    Living Sculpture Bonsai Exhibit
    A rare peek at the Friends of Bonsai club’s private collection.
    Steinhardt Conservatory

    10:00–5:00

    Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibit
    The art of Japanese flower arranging on display
    Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium

    4:00–5:00

    The Art of Bonsai
    A special talk by BBG bonsai curator Julian Velasco
    Auditorium

    TRADITIONAL ARTS & GAMES

    10:00–5:00

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

    1:00–5:00

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

    1:00–5:00

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

    1:00–2:00

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

    2:30–3:30

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

    J-LOUNGE GALLERY AT OSBORNE GARDEN

    10:00–5:00

    Kate T. Williamson Watercolors
    Cherry blossoms, sumo wrestlers, and everything in between

    10:00–5:00

    Rumi Hara Illustrations
    From basic black ink to colorful contemporary whimsy

    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.

    11:00–5:00

    CosplayNYC Magazine: Be a Poser
    Learn to pose for photo shoots like a pro.

    2:00–2:45

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

    3:00–5:00

    The Return of Japanese Wolves Book Signing
    Meet creator Rumi Hara.

    3:00–5:00

    A Year in Japan Book Signing
    Meet artist Kate T. Williamson.

    MANGA MADNESS AT OSBORNE GARDEN

    10:00–5:00

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

    10:00–5:00

    Cool Japan Guide: Fun in the Land of Manga, Lucky Cats and Ramen Book Signing
    Meet author-illustrator Abby Denson and pick up a copy of her brand-new travel guide.

    10:00–5:00

    The Foreigner and Manga for Dummies Book Signings
    Meet manga creator Kensuke Okabayashi.

    Noon–12:45

    Manga Drawing with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop (Ages 6 and up).

    1:15–2:00

    Manga Drawing with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop (Ages 6 and up).

    2:00–3:00

    Rock and Roll Love Book Signing
    Meet manga maven Misako Rocks.

    3:00–3:45

    Manga Drawing with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop (Ages 6 and up).

    4:15–5:00

    Manga Drawing with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop (Ages 6 and up).

    KID STUFF

    10:00–5:00

    J-Lounge Manga Journal—Junior Edition
    Calling manga artists ages 3 to 10!
    Sketch your favorite Sakura sightings and add them to this expanding art installation.
    Osborne Garden

    10:00–5:00

    Samurai Selfie
    Pose in your favorite warrior cutouts.
    Osborne Garden

    10:00–5:00

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

    11:30–12:15

    Children’s Suzuki Recital
    Classical strings from Brooklyn College Preparatory Center
    Auditorium

    Noon–12:45

    Manga Drawing with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop (Ages 6 and up).
    Osborne Garden

    1:00–5:00

    Brew for You
    Make your own tea bag to take home.
    Osborne Garden

    1:00–5:00

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

    1:15–2:00

    Manga Drawing with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop (Ages 6 and up).
    Osborne Garden

    2:15–2:45

    Magician Rich Kameda
    Classic illusions with a Japanese twist
    J-Lounge Stage at Osborne Garden

    3:00–3:45

    Manga Drawing with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop (Ages 6 and up).
    Osborne Garden

    4:00–4:45

    Magician Rich Kameda
    Classic illusions with a Japanese twist
    J-Lounge Stage at Osborne Garden

    4:15–5:00

    Manga Drawing with Misako Rocks
    Join the manga master in a hands-on workshop (Ages 6 and up).
    Osborne Garden

    JAPANESE MARKET AT OSBORNE GARDEN

    10:00–5:00

    Minamoto Kitchoan Wagashi Shop
    Seasonal Japanese confections and treats

    10:00–5:00

    Royce’ Chocolate Shop
    Chocolate and maccha creations from Hokkaido, Japan

    10:00–5:00

    Sakura Creations Graphic Tees
    Wearable Japanese art

    10:00–5:00

    Tenugui Wraps
    Cool cotton cloths by Wuhao Tenugui Art

    10:00–5:00

    Ito En Fine Teas
    Japan’s largest green tea distributor

    10:00–5:00

    J-Fashion Accessories
    Handcrafted kawaii adornments by Un-Re Designs

    10:00–5:00

    Tabi Socks, Ninja Boots, and Wooden Geta Shoes
    Japanese footwear from Greentea Design

    10:00–5:00

    Community Bookstore Sakura Shop
    An array of Japanese reads

    10:00–5:00

    Japanese Wall Scrolls
    Brush paintings from Greentea Design

    10:00–5:00

    Vintage Kimonos
    Fashions straight from Japan by YokoDana Kimono

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