1000 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Subway: 2, 3 to Eastern Pkwy.; B, Q to Prospect Park
Admission to the gorgeous grounds of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is free all day every Tuesday, but this is no ordinary Tuesday: it falls in the middle of the traditional Japanese celebration of hanami, or cherry blossom season, which runs through May 1. This is the perfect chance to see the trees in the height of their bloom, as the garden's 30th-annual cherry blossom and Japanese cultural festival, Sakura Matsuri, begins just a few days later, on April 30. This year's cherry blossom season and festival are particularly important in light of the recent tsunami and earthquake that affected Japan. To show New Yorkers' support and to raise funds, the garden will hold paper crane–making workshops from 10am to 1pm on April 30 and May 1. The cranes will be given to the Bezos Family Foundation, which will donate $200,000 ($2 for each crane received) to Architecture for Humanity's reconstruction efforts in Japan. The cranes will be woven into a work of art. Even if you are not able to attend the festival, any origami cranes you make can be dropped off at the garden.
The Sakura Matsuri weekend celebrates traditional and contemporary Japanese culture with numerous performances and demonstrations:
Taiko Drumming * Martial Arts * Manga Artists * J-pop * Tea Ceremonies * Cosplay Fashion Show * Bonsai Demonstrations * Minbu Folk Dance * Kids’ Origami Workshop * Sudoku and more!
For the full schedule and ticket/admission info: