What is Sakura Matsuri? The BBG calls it "a weekend celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture." It's basically a massive (and I mean massive) festival celebrating cherry blossoms, Japanese culture, the specialness of Brooklyn, and one other thing (which I'll explain in a minute).
I wish I had tons of pics of the festival events to show you, but I couldn't really get close enough to the stage to take any. When I say there were a lot of people, I mean a lot of people. Looks serene, right? Get a little closer and it looks like this:
I get it, lots of other people want to look at the cherry trees too (though a number of them haven't even bloomed yet... I anticipate going back on a quieter day sometime very soon). I roamed around the gardens and took pictures of flowers instead, because that's really what I came for. Flowers 4 Lyfe. Oh, but about that "other thing" I mentioned earlier:
Sakura Matsuri is also a big destination for cosplayers! They have a cosplay fashion show and a couple of of other cosplay-related events, and a lot of people who weren't even participating in the show dressed up. I'm not sure at what point this celebration of traditional Japanese culture got conflated with a cosplay con (including many participants that were dressed in outfits that weren't necessarily inspired by Japanese media), but it's always interesting to see a squadron of Cardcaptor Sakuras and Spidermen traipsing through the tulips on a lovely spring day.
OK, as promised, here's some flower p@rn. Let this be your nature walk if you're stuck inside at work all day (or antipodean and watching your local plants die right now). Listen to this song whilst you virtually stroll. It's not Japanese, but it's appropriate.
(English translation of the title: Cherry Blossom Ending.)
Quick sidebar: What's the proper name of these yellow flowering bushes? We had one in front of our house when I was a kid, but I always just called them "butter trees."
Stan tried to pose for a photo too, but his aim was off.
Back to the nature walk....
And last but not least, something that isn't a flower (but can only happen during Sakura Matsuri in Brooklyn):
Stan-shi! Do not eat.
PS: If you're also in NYC, it's not too late to see the cherry blossoms. The Sakura Matsuri festival is over, but there are still quite a few trees on the BBG map that have yet to bloom. Won't you stalk it with me?