Sakura Matsuri 2017 Saturday Events

Saturday, April 29, 2017 | 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

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

Advance ticket purchase required! Members always enter free.

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Saturday, April 29 | Schedule

Performances

Cobu on the main stage
Cobu. Photo by Liz Ligon.

Main Stage at Cherry Esplanade

Noon–12:45 p.m.

Cobu
Taiko and tap with an urban twist

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.

Takarabune Dance
Shikoku, Japan’s high-octane ensemble

4:30–5 p.m.

BBG Parasol Society Fashion Show
Featuring Live Music by the J-Music Ensemble

A prim and proper pageant accompanied by anime anthems
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5:15–6 p.m.

Uhnellys
Indie rock duo straight from Tokyo

J-Music Ensemble
J-Music Ensemble.

J-Lounge Stage at the Osborne Garden

11–11:30 a.m.

The Art of Kendama
Wooden toys set into motion by Team KENYC
Music mix by DJ Panic

Noon–1 p.m.

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

1:15–2:15 p.m.

J-Music Ensemble
Innovative jazz inspired by anime and video game themes

2:30–3 p.m.

KuroPOP
J-pop dance party

3:15–3:45 p.m.

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

4–5 p.m.

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

 

BBG Tea Center at the Auditorium

Sohenryu Tea ceremony.
Sohenryu tea ceremony. Photo by Liz Ligon.
Noon–12:30 p.m.

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

1–1:45 p.m.

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

2:30–3 p.m.

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

4–4:45 p.m.

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

 

Ink Alley: Page Turners and Visual Art at the Osborne Garden

Art by Rumi Hara.
Art by Rumi Hara. Photo courtesy of Rumi Hara.
10 a.m.–3 p.m.

CosplayNYC
Meet zine creators and get some cosplay tips.

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Archestratus Books
Greenpoint’s go-to cookbook shop presents a Japanese selection.

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Community Bookstore
An exciting array of Japanese reads

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sophocles Plokamakis
Illustrations by NYC’s "metro manga" creator

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.

Noon–12:45 p.m.

Metro Manga Demonstration with Sophocles Plokamakis
Enjoy a drawing demonstration by "Metro Manga Man."

2–2:45 p.m.

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

 

Workshops & Games at the Osborne Garden

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.

Kendama: Toys of Skill
Learn about these traditional wooden toys from members of KENYC.

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

1:30–2:15 p.m.

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

3–3:45 p.m.

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

4:15–5 p.m.

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

 

Japanese Market at the Osborne Garden

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.

Kokeshi Dolls
Handcrafted wooden dolls presented by Kyoohoo of northern Japan

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Handmade Hair Ornaments
Unique hair adornments by Hikari Wo Sagasu

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Archestratus Books
Greenpoint’s go-to cookbook shop presents a Japanese selection.

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Community Bookstore
An exciting array of Japanese reads

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Ito En Fine Teas
Japan’s largest green tea distributor

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Minamoto Kitchoan Wagashi
Seasonal Japanese confections and treats

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Royce’ Chocolate
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.

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.

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

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Vintage Kimonos
Fashions straight from Japan by YokoDana Kimono

 

Breathtaking Bonsai, Traditional Arts & Torii Tours

Origami by Taro Yaguchi
Origami by Taro Yaguchi.
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.

Origami Atelier
Taro’s Origami Studio presents an evocative array of paper animals and flowers.
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

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Mataro Ningyo Doll Museum
A rare peek at the Kimekomi Doll Club’s private collection.
Members’ Room

Noon–4 p.m.

Colossal Creatures: Giant Origami
An exceptional demonstration by paper-folding pro Frank Ling.
Rotunda

 

Kid Stuff

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

Kendama: Toys of Skill
Learn about these traditional wooden toys from members of KENYC.
Osborne Garden

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Samurai Selfie
Pose in your favorite warrior cutouts.
Osborne Garden

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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

11 a.m.–3 p.m.

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

Noon–12:30 p.m.

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

1–5 p.m.

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

1:30–2:15 p.m.

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

2:30–3 p.m.

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

3–3:45 p.m.

Manga Drawing with Misako Rocks
Join the manga maven in a hands-on workshop (ages 6 & 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

4:15–5 p.m.

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

 

All events held rain or shine. Valid membership or advance ticket required for entrance. There are no free hours or reciprocal admissions on festival days.

Advance ticket purchase required! Members always enter free.

Buy Tickets Become a Member

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Friends of Japanese Collections & Programs at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Lead Sponsor, The Freeman Foundation

Major Sponsor, Japanese Chamber for Commerce and Industry

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