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If T.S. Eliot had seen a Japanese cherry blossom in full bloom, we suspect he couldn't have declared April to be the cruelest month. The joy-inducing pink plumes will be on full display this weekend at the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Aside from the vibrant beauty of the burgeoning foliage, there will be an assortment of live entertainment with everything from elegant kabuki buyō dance to stand-up comedy from Rio Koike. It doesn't end there — stay all weekend to take in the traditional tearoom, flea markets, cosplay classes and samurai sword exhibitions. Come for the pretty pink flowers, stay for the awesomeness that is Japanese culture.


A celebration of Japanese heritage with a backdrop of pink beauty.
Because drinking sake bombs doesn't really qualify as a legitimate cultural experience.
990 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225
Apr. 29 & 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Buy tickets online.


By Alexander Brock

Alexander Brock is a freelance writer who writes sports, travel, food, politics, finance, fiction, poetry and whatever else is asked of him. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is the editor-in-chief at downandoutmag.com.