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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Sakura

One of the most beautiful phenomena in nature is the flowering of cherry trees in the spring. I remember one of my first family trips to Washington, DC to see the Cherry Blossom Festival and the display around the tidal basin. However, one does not have to travel that far - the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has their own display and festival (considered one of the world's finest displays outside Japan). Trees can be found at the Cherry Walk and Esplanade and in the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden. There are two cherry tree events going on: Hanami and Sakura Matsuri. Hanami (April 7 – May 6) is "the Japanese cultural tradition of viewing and cherishing each moment of the cherry blossom season—from the first buds to the brilliant blossoms to the petals falling like pink snow." Sakura Matsuri is the Cherry Blossom Festival, which will be held this coming weekend (Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, 10 a.m.–6 p.m). There are over 200 trees in bloom with over 60 Japanese cultural events and performances over the entire weekend: pop concerts (happyfunsmile, ZAN & hip-hop artist Akim Funk Buddha), a taiko drum concert, history of geisha, traditional music and dance, ice sculpture, ikebana, origami, kirigami, samari sword, bonsai, Go, tea ceremonies, craft demonstrations, and workshops. I highly recommend it - I think I may go again for the festival...

8 comments:

Kate said...

This vividly pink tree looks like a giant umbrella in full bloom!

Strangetastes said...

Brian - you gave this picture the right name. You could have said that this was Ueno Park in Tokyo and no one would know the difference (except you don't do the Tokyo CDPB).

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isabella said...

Stunning!

Lucy said...

Very cool to have in NYC!

Brian said...

It's beautiful, isn't it.
Brian

lv2scpbk said...

Beautiful photo.
Also interesting car photos too.

An Honest Man said...

Brian, you'll have seen the May blossom post on my blog where the cherry blossom trees line the road and scatter their blossom everywhere - in fact there are a huge number of Cherry Trees in this area - the Gulf Stream keeps the climate mild.

We're now into the 'confetti' time where the blossom is being blown off the trees (or rained off) and it looks like a myriad of weddings have taken place. Sometimes it seems as though you are driving through pink snow!

les maudites said...

Wonderful shot !