Hanami Nights - Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Hanami Nights

Hanami Nights

Special Events | Evenings

Tuesday, April 23–Thursday, April 25, 2024 | 5–8:30 p.m.
Cherry Esplanade
Ticketed Event

Enjoy magical access to the Garden’s famous Kanzan trees!

Find a spot on Cherry Esplanade to enjoy the cherry blossoms, lit up for maximum effect, and savor the spring vibe with family and friends. Stroll in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden and along Cherry Walk, try your hand at origami, and view a curated display of bonsai in the Lillian and Amy Goldman Atrium. The evenings feature live performances, a bar selling Japanese beer and sake, and pop-up food menus curated with Sunrise Mart.

Advance tickets required. Special discounts for Garden members.

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Know Before You Go

  • Advance tickets required.
  • Enter at 990 Washington Avenue. Nearest subways: 2/3 to Eastern Parkway—Brooklyn Museum or 4/5 to Franklin Avenue (no elevator).
  • Doors open at 5 p.m. The event takes place on and around Cherry Esplanade and other areas of the Garden are closed. There is no reentry.
  • You may bring a blanket or stadium chair (no folding chairs, please). There will be a small section reserved for wheelchairs and people who require a seat. If you require an accessibility accommodation, please contact [email protected].
  • Please observe all Garden rules, including:
    • Please do not lean on tree trunks, hang items from trees, or shake the cherry blossom branches.
    • No outside food or beverages. (Baby bottles and pocket snacks for individuals with dietary restrictions are allowed.)
    • Please properly dispose of your trash and do not pour liquids or ice on the lawn.
  • In the event we must cancel due to weather, we will notify you by 2 p.m. Unless we have to cancel, tickets are nonrefundable.

ACTIVITIES

Origami with Sato Yamamoto

Guided by instructors, visitors of every skill level can learn the Japanese art of folding paper. Atrium

Bonsai Display

View a selection of bonsai specimens from the Garden’s famous collection. Atrium

Japanese Food & Drinks

Purchase treats from a special menu presented in collaboration with Sunrise Mart and picnic under the cherry blossoms. Outside food not permitted.

taiyaki 4.
fish-shaped cake, red bean filling

sushi rolls* 9.
choice of avocado cucumber or spicy tuna

soba noodle salad 15. | add teriyaki chicken 19.
with spiced edamame

tofu sansai bento* 20.
cherry blossom inari, tofu, spring vegetables, shiso pickles

karaage & onigiri combo* 15.
japanese fried chicken (3 pieces), cooked salmon and kombu onigiri (1 of each), japanese pickled vegetable

gyudon* 17.
marinated beef, rice, pickled ginger

Beverages

bottled water 4.10
ito en iced tea, soda, seltzer 5.50
beer 9.
wine, sake 12.

* sourced from Sunrise Mart

In partnership with Sunrise Mart

Sunrise Mart

PERFORMANCES

Tuesday, April 23

  • A woman plays a stringed instrument with a snakeskin-patterned body.

    Shamisen Variation
    5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. | Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden Viewing Pavilion

    Listen to the traditional Japanese instrument performed by Ken Hutchinson (Jiuta shamisen), Kirsten Carey (Tsugaru shamisen), and Rino Aise (Okinawa sanshin) as you stroll around the Japanese Garden.

  • A woman in sunglasses Japanese dress poses in front of a piano.

    Miki Yamanaka Trio
    5:30–6:30 p.m. | Cherry Esplanade

    The Miki Yamanaka Trio plays jazz standards and original compositions from her highly acclaimed release Shades of Rainbow.

  • A line of women along with one man in traditional Japanese dress dance and clap in front of onlookers.

    Japan Performing Arts
    7:15–8 p.m. | Cherry Esplanade

    Japan Performing Arts presents Awa odori, a traditional dance from Tokushima Prefecture known as one of Japan’s Big Three Bon Odori. Watch the energetic dance and join in!


Wednesday, April 24

  • A smiling woman in a blue dress stands on a beach with two felted drumsticks.

    Mika Erickson (Crystal Bowl)
    5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. | Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden Viewing Pavilion

    Mika Erickson channels energy to illuminate an inner essence through the transformative power of sound healing. Experience the soundbath while strolling the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden or resting in the Viewing Pavilion.

  • Four men pose with instruments in a dark, low-ceilinged club.

    Tsutomu Nakai Quartet
    5:30–6:30 p.m. | Cherry Esplanade

    Tsutomu Nakai Quartet performs improvisational jazz, emphasizing unique guitar work and melody.

  • A team of young dancers in Japanese dress with outstretched arms gathered for a photo.

    Yosakoi Dance by 10tecomai & Kogyoku featuring Rino Aise
    7:15–8 p.m. | Cherry Esplanade

    The energetic Japanese dance style yosakoi is performed by two New York–based teams of Yosakoi Dance Project—10tecomai and Kogyoku Yosakoi.


Thursday, April 25

  • 10 smiling people in black jackets hold wooden flutes

    The Hudson Valley Shakuhachi Choir
    5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. | Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden Viewing Pavilion

    The Hudson Valley Shakuhachi Choir explores the resonant overtones and rich timbre of the Japanese bamboo flute. The repertoire includes traditional shakuhachi pieces, folk music, and contemporary works.

  • A man with a bass, a woman with a flute, and a man with a guitar pose in front of a white brick wall.

    Jazz Triangle 65-77
    5:30–6:30 p.m. | Cherry Esplanade

    Enjoy jazz standards and original compositions by Jazz Triangle 65-77, a trio based in New York with Haruna Fukazawa on flute, Shu Odamrua on guitar, and Aki Yamamoto on bass.

  • A man on a stage in Japanese clothes and headcover swings a sword.

    Samurai Sword Soul
    7:15–8 p.m. | Cherry Esplanade

    “Samurai Fight, Virtual VS In Person” is a samurai drama packed with exciting samurai actions, comedy, and live music. Performed by Masaya Okubo, George Basley, and Philippe Garcesto with music by Hirotoshi Umeda.