Cherry Blossom Festival Highlight of Spring

By Jessica Wen ’17 and Sandy Wu ’17

It is a clear indication of spring when cherry blossoms begin to fill up Botanic Garden. The pink and white leaves gives off a delightful vibe, attracting many people.

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Cherry Blossom Festival, also known as Sakura Matsuri, which took  place in Brooklyn Botanic Garden on April 30 to May 1.

The majority of the garden was filled with cherry blossom trees. Approximately 200 cherry trees were planted along with other types of trees.

The cherry blossom trees could be found in different areas of the garden. These areas included the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, Cherry Cultivars Area, Cherry Walk, Cherry Esplanade, Osborne Garden, Plant Family Collection, and BBG’s Bonsai Collection.

The Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden is one of the most visited places in BBG. It is decorated with a tall bright orange-red torii, a traditional Japanese gate and filled with cherry blossom trees.

In the Cherry Walk area, cherry trees were planted strategically in rows, following a paved path down the garden. As the wind blew the trees, it snowed pink and white leaves.

Vivian Wong ’17 said “As I was walking down the path cherry leaves were flowering everywhere. It felt very romantic.”

Families, friends, and tourists filled up the garden as they relaxed alongside the cherry blossoms. Most viewers brought their cameras with them to capture a spectacular view.

“The colors of the cherry blossom trees gives off this calming and sensational vibe. It’s a perfect place to gather with your family and friends,” said Jenny Li ‘17.

Along with the festival, there were plenty of events such as cosplay fashion show, dramas, animes, music, and dance performances. Most of these events revolved around the Japanese culture.

“There were so many opportunities to learn about Japanese trends and culture,” said Anny Lin ‘17.

During the performances, actors and performers were dressed in colorful and vibrant traditional Japanese clothing like kimonos. They wore these outfits with pride and performed for the crowd.

Meanwhile, at the BBG Tea Center, tea masters held tea ceremonies and presented slide lectures to inform people about tea ceremonies.

Kelly Wong ‘17 said, “This festival definitely convinced me to visit Japan someday in the future.”

In addition, many people were seen in their cosplay outfits. Their outfits resembled a character from a Japanese film and television animation or anime.

Megan Yan ‘17 said, “I participated in the cosplay event and everyone was super supportive. They taught me the basics of cosplay and tips on wardrobe.”

Lastly, at Osborne Garden,  games, workshops, and a Japanese Market were available.

“I was able to learn a lot about the Japanese culture after attending to this festival,” said Kimberly Wyllie ‘17.

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