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Enjoy Hanami at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Thank goodness its spring again. It is such a relief when the weather begins to turn warm, the trees begin to sprout their new, baby-green leaves, and the early flowers start to bloom. Where better to enjoy the changing of the seasons than at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

There is an especially wonderful way to really get into the spring mood, and that is participating in the Japanese tradition of Hanami- the celebration of the cherry blossom season, which is going on right now at the Botanic Garden, until May 2.

As the BBG web site describes Hanami, it is the “New York City rite of spring.”

Visitors to the Garden can take leisurely walks through the canopy of more than 220 magnificent cherry trees, have a wonderful meal at the Terrace Café, and share their photos online.

Hanami ends with an amazing, two-day long celebration on May 1st and 2nd, called Sakura Matsuri. Consider participating in this annual event with over 60 separate events and performances. You will be able to enjoy modern and traditional Japanese music and dance, taiko drumming, ikebana flower arranging, tea ceremonies, and workshops appropriate for all ages. Enjoy!


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