Sakura Matsuri 2016 Sunday Events

Festivals

Sunday, May 1, 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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How to Have a Great Festival: Info, Tips & Rules

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

  1. New for 2019: A ticket is required for every entry. Purchase or reserve advance tickets. (Members & partners: See below for details on reserving your tickets.)
  2. Capacity is limited and we expect to sell out. Note: Advance tickets have sold out in some ticket categories. A limited number of tickets may be available on event days. To comply with safety regulations we will halt ticket sales if we reach maximum capacity. Purchase tickets in advance to ensure entry.
  3. A map showing Flatbush Avenue entrance near B/Q trains, Washington Avenue Entrance near 2/3/4/5 trains.
  4. Check your tickets. Use the entrance specified on your order (see map). Printed tickets help the lines move quickly; mobile tickets are fine too.
  5. Bring your ID. Members with free tickets must also show their BBG member card to enter. Corporate and Academic members, Cool Culture participants, and BASE teachers and students must present program ID with free ticket to enter. You must be 21 or over to buy alcohol.
  6. Travel light. All bags and packages will be searched by Security. Be prepared to wait in line for bag check.
  7. Take public transportation. Parking nearby is very limited and gridlock is likely. Avoid the Eastern Parkway station, which is under construction. Travel directions ›
  8. Avoid peak attendance. Come early in the day or later in the afternoon.
  9. Find your lane. Each entrance has separate lanes for individuals with paid tickets, with member or partner tickets, or who need to purchase tickets.
  10. No outside food or beverages. Exceptions are bottled water, baby bottles, and pocket snacks for individuals with dietary restrictions. A substantial menu of food and drink will be available at stations throughout the Garden.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Leave the wheels at home. Scooters and bikes are not permitted in the Garden, and bike racks located at each entrance fill up early. Due to festival crowds, avoid bringing a stroller.
  14. No pets. Service dogs must be under control per ADA guidelines.
  15. Drones, tripods, and commercial photography are not allowed. Photos for personal use and social sharing encouraged! See policy at bbg.org/photography.

Sunday, May 1 | Schedule

Performances

Sakura Matsuri Cosplay Fashion Show on the main stage
Sakura Matsuri Cosplay Fashion Show. Photo by Julie Markes.

Main Stage at Cherry Esplanade

Noon–12:45 p.m.

Cobu
Taiko and tap with an urban twist

1–1:45 p.m.

Dancejapan with Sachiyo Ito
Elegant and colorful Kabuki Buyo dance

2–2:45 p.m.

Samurai Sword Soul
Action-packed drama by martial arts masters

3–3:45 p.m.

Japanese Folk Dance Institute of NY
Vibrant traditional Minbu dances

4–4:15 p.m.

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

4:15–5 p.m.

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

5:15–6 p.m.

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

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

J-Lounge audience
J-Lounge Stage. Photo by Jason Gardner.

J-Lounge Stage at the Osborne Garden

11–11:45 a.m.

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

Noon–12:30 p.m.

Colossal Origami
With origami master Taro Yaguchi of Taro’s Origami Studio

12:45–1 p.m.

KuroPOP
J-pop dance party

1:15–1:45 p.m.

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

2–2:45 p.m.

Takarabune Dance
Shikoku’s singular awa odori dance troupe

3–3:30 p.m.

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

3:45–4:15 p.m.

Colossal Origami
With origami master Taro Yaguchi of Taro’s Origami Studio

4:30–5:15 p.m.

Takarabune Dance
Shikoku’s singular awa odori dance troupe

 

BBG Tea Center

Sohenryu Tea ceremony, and Akim Funk Buddha and Chihiro.
Sohenryu tea ceremony for families (left); photo by Liz Ligon. Akim Funk Buddha and Chihiro Cute-Beat (right); photo by House Van Helsing.
Noon–12:45 p.m.

Akim Funk Buddha's Urban Tea Ceremony Unplugged
One man’s cross-cultural journey from Brooklyn to Japan
Auditorium

1:45–2:30 p.m.

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

3–3:45 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 Rumi Hara and Kate T. Williamson.
Art by Rumi Hara (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

Kensuke Okabayashi.
Kensuke Okabayashi. Photo by Jason Gardner.
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

J-Lounge Manga Journal.
J-Lounge Manga Journal. Photo by Jean-Marc Grambert.
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

Japanese Market and Royce’ Chocolate.
Japanese Market (left); photo by Julie Markes. Royce’ Chocolate (right); photo courtesy of Royce’ Confect.
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

Bonsai
Bonsai. Left photo by Julian Velasco. Right 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

 

Kid Stuff

Young audience members at a kid's show.
Kid stuff. Photo by Julie Markes.
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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See Schedule for Saturday, April 30 ›

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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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