Sakura Matsuri 2016 Saturday Events

Festivals

Saturday, April 30, 2016 | 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Sakura Matsuri weekend offers over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture.

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See Schedule for Sunday, May 1 ›

Sakura Matsuri Main Page ›

How to Have a Great Festival: Tips & Rules

Sakura Matsuri days are the Garden’s busiest. Be prepared.

  1. Skip the line! Buy your ticket in advance or become a member for exclusive access to express entrances. Note: There are no free hours, reciprocal admissions, or IDNYC membership processing on festival days.
  2. Take public transportation. Parking is very limited. Travel directions ›
  3. A map of Sakura Matsuri entrances
  4. Six entrances will be open on festival days:

    Ticket Booth Entrances:
    A. 455 Flatbush Avenue ›
    B. 990 Washington Avenue ›
    C. 150 Eastern Parkway ›

    Express Entry for Members & Advance Ticket Holders:
    D. Herb Garden Gate ›
    E. Rose Arc Gate ›
    F. Washington Avenue Gate ›

  5. Avoid peak attendance. Come early in the day or later in the afternoon.
  6. No outside food or beverages. Exceptions are bottled water and baby bottles only. A substantial menu of food and drink will be available at stations throughout the Garden.
  7. Help protect our plant collections. During the festival, some areas of the Garden are closed. Please do not pick flowers, climb trees, or walk in the planted beds. Folding chairs are not permitted.
  8. Cosplayers take note: Real or realistic weapons, oversized props, or props made of hard materials (e.g., wood, Plexiglas, metal) will not be allowed inside the Garden. Security reserves the right to refuse admission of any potentially hazardous props.
  9. Large bags and packages are subject to search by Security.

Saturday, April 30 | Schedule

Performances

Soh Daiko on the main stage
Soh Daiko. Photo by Julie Markes.

Main Stage at Cherry Esplanade

Noon–12:45 p.m.

Soh Daiko
Thunderous taiko drumming

1:30–2:15 p.m.

Dancejapan with Sachiyo Ito
Elegant and colorful Kabuki Buyo dance

2:30–3:15 p.m.

Samurai Sword Soul
Action-packed drama by martial arts masters

3:30–4:15 p.m.

The Asterplace
Hi-octane J-rock meets anime themes

4:30–5 p.m.

BBG Parasol Society Fashion Show
Featuring live music by the Hanami Ensemble
A prim and proper pageant of grand proportions.

5:15–6 p.m.

Yuzu’s Dream: An Urban Folk Odyssey
Straight outta Nyūzen, J-pop phenomenon Yuzu is joined by choreographer and hip-hop artist Akim Funk Buddha and his Origami Dance Crew.

J-Lounge stage
J-Lounge Stage. Photo by Julie Markes.

J-Lounge Stage at the Osborne Garden

11–11:15 a.m.

KuroPOP
J-pop dance party

11:30–12:30 p.m.

The Battersby Show: Cosplay 101
Charles Battersby and special guests answer the age-old question, “Why are they dressed like that?”

12:45–1:15 p.m.

Stand-up Comic Rio Koike
Rio’s Tokyo Magic Show comes to Brooklyn.

1:30–1:45 p.m.

2UNE
Sunny J-pop vocal duo

2–3 p.m.

The Battersby Show: Intermediate Cosplay Crafting
Charles Battersby and friends talk zippers versus Velcro.

3:15–3:45 p.m.

Stand-up Comic Rio Koike
Rio’s Tokyo Magic Show comes to Brooklyn.

4–5 p.m.

Hanagasa Odori
Flower hat procession with the Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York

 

BBG Tea Center

Sohenryu Tea ceremony.
Sohenryu tea ceremony. Photo by Liz Ligon.
11–11:45 a.m.

The Way of Tea
Slide lecture with Sohenryu tea master Sōkyo Shimizu
Auditorium

12:15–1 p.m.

Sohenryu Tea Ceremony
Led by tea masters Soumi Shimizu and Sōkyo Shimizu
Auditorium

1:30–2:15 p.m.

The Way of Tea
Slide lecture with Sohenryu tea master Sōkyo Shimizu
Auditorium

2:45–3:30 p.m.

Sohenryu Tea Ceremony
Led by tea masters Soumi Shimizu and Sōkyo Shimizu
Auditorium

4:15–4:45 p.m.

Sohenryu Tea Ceremony for Families
Kids learn about the art of tea with Soumi Shimizu and Sōkyo Shimizu.
Auditorium

 

Art Alley at the Osborne Garden J-Lounge

Art by Jed Henry and Kate T. Williamson.
Art by Jed Henry (left). Art by Kate T. Williamson (right).
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Rumi Hara
Ink illustrations and comic art by a Kyoto native

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Kate T. Williamson
Watercolors inspired by Japan and cherry blossoms

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Jed Henry
Illustrations blending video game characters with Edo-era art traditions

11–11:45 a.m.

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

2–2:45 p.m.

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

 

Books & Zines at the Osborne Garden J-Lounge

Misako Rocks!. Photo by Christopher Zuehlke.
10 a.m.–3 p.m.

CosplayNYC Magazine
Meet zine creators and get some cosplay tips.

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Community Bookstore Sakura Shop
Sakura bookworms can pick up the latest reads from our featured authors.

Book Signings

10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Kensuke Okabayashi
Manga for Dummies

11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Kate T. Williamson
A Year in Japan

1–3 p.m.

April Vollmer
Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop, A Modern Guide to an Ancient Art

3–5 p.m.

Rumi Hara
The Return of Japanese Wolves

3–5 p.m.

Abby Denson
Cool Japan Guide: Fun in the Land of Manga, Lucky Cats and Ramen

4–5 p.m.

Misako Rocks!
Rock and Roll Love

 

Workshops & Games at the Osborne Garden J-Lounge

Game of go with the Brooklyn Go Club.
Game of go with the Brooklyn Go Club. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

J-Lounge Manga Journal
Sketch your favorite Sakura sightings.

Noon–12:45 p.m.

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

1–5 p.m.

Shogi Chess
Learn this ancient game from the masters of the New York Shogi Club.
J-Lounge Game Stop

1–5 p.m.

The Game of Go
Challenge the pros from the Brooklyn Go Club.
J-Lounge Game Stop

1:15–2 p.m.

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

3–3:45 p.m.

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

 

Japanese Market at the Osborne Garden J-Lounge

Sushi Designs NY; photo by Mel Maghuyop. Togei Kyoshitsu.
Sushi Designs NY (left); photo by Mel Maghuyop. Togei Kyoshitsu (right).
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Minamoto Kitchoan Wagashi Shop
Seasonal Japanese confections and treats

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Royce’ Chocolate Shop
Chocolate and maccha from Hokkaido, Japan

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sushi Pillows
Whimsical plush creations by Sushi Designs New York

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Tenugui Wraps
Decorative cotton cloths by Wuhao Tenugui Art

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Ito En Fine Teas
Sencha from Japan’s largest green tea distributor

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Togei Kyoshitsu Ceramics
Functional and elegant pottery

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Raaka Chocolate
Small-batch chocolates inspired by Japanese culinary traditions

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Community Bookstore Sakura Shop
An array of Japanese reads

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Wall Scrolls
Brush paintings from Greentea Design

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Vintage Kimonos
Fashions straight from Japan by YokoDana Kimono

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

J-Collabo Gallery Shop
Japanese beauty products and unique imported gifts

 

Breathtaking Bonsai, Traditional Arts & Torii Tours

Mataro Ningyo Doll Museum
Mataro Ningyo Doll Museum. Photo by Mike Ratliff.
10 a.m.–Noon

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

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Mataro Ningyo Doll Museum
A rare peek at the Kimekomi Doll Club’s private collection
Rotunda

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibit
The art of Japanese flower arranging on display
Rotunda

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Friends of Bonsai’s Living Sculpture Exhibit
A display by Brooklyn’s own bonsai club
Steinhardt Conservatory

1–2 p.m.

Sogetsu Ikebana Demonstration
Flower arranging with Yoko Ikura and Shoko Iwata
Members’ Room

 

Kid Stuff

Boy sticks his head in a sushi cut out
Kid stuff. Photo by Liz Ligon.
10 a.m.–5 p.m.

J-Lounge Manga Journal
Sketch your favorite Sakura sightings.
Osborne Garden

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Samurai Selfie
Pose in your favorite warrior cutouts.
Osborne Garden

11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Bamboo Insect Hotel Crafting
Build lodging for your tiny buggy guests (ages 4 and up).
Discovery Garden

Noon–12:45 p.m.

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

1–5 p.m.

Vaudeville Origami
Fold along with Jeremy Aaron Horland in this one-of-a-kind workshop.
Osborne Garden

1:15–2 p.m.

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

3–3:45 p.m.

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

4:15–4:45 p.m.

Sohenryu Tea Ceremony for Families
Kids learn about the art of tea with Soumi Shimizu and Sōkyo Shimizu
Auditorium

 

 

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Support Provided by

Lead Sponsor, Japanese Garden Centennial

The Freeman Foundation

Major Sponsor, Japanese Garden Centennial

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Sponsor, Japanese Garden Centennial

JCC Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York

Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)

Sony Corporation of America

Sumitomo Corporation of Americas Foundation


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