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Photos from the 2015 Sakura Matsuri cherry blossom festival

Best buds! Thousands flock to cherry blossom festival

Dressing for the occasion: Doris Xu wore a traditional Japanese outfit.
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Talk about flower power!

Tens of thousands of nature lovers and Japanophiles crowded into Brooklyn Botanic Garden this weekend for the park’s annual Sakura Matsuri cherry blossom festival.

Revelers, who waited for up to an hour in long entrance lines, said they were excited to frolic among the blooming cherry blossoms, celebrate with friends and family, and watch traditional and contemporary Japanese performances in the warm spring weather.

“This is the perfect day to come see the cherry blossoms,” said Denice Aylett of Park Slope. “It is so beautiful in here.”

The entertainment included taiko drumming ensembles, kabuki dances, and samurai sword fighting exhibitions. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden also offered tours of its Japanese gardens and bonsai museum.

Many visitors showed up in full Japanese regalia or costumes that mimicked their favorite Japanese comic book or video game character. One merrymaker showed up dressed as Morrigan Aensland, a character from the fantasy monster video game “Darkstalke­rs.” She wore long, blue hair, and a red and white cape — and said she felt right at home.

“She is fast and powerful, so I always choose her,” said Stephanie Darius of East New York. “I am a cosplayer, so dressing up like this is normal for me.”

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at dfurfaro@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at twitter.com/DanielleFurfaro.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Joseph G. Zanghi from Cherry Hill, NJ says:
Cherry Hill, NJ - Another location to see a two-mile avenue of continuous rows of beautiful cherry blossoms!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR_q_06u88g
April 28, 2015, 3:57 pm

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