PHOTO: Cherry Blossom Festival at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
People from all over the tristate area filled Brooklyn’s Botanic Garden to celebrate the first day of Sakura Matsuri, the traditional Japanese cherry blossom festival, now in its 35th year. Many visitors sported kimonos, cosplay-themed outfits and steampunk-inspired costumes as they strolled along the Cherry Walk, a meandering path lined by one of the largest collections of prunus Kanzan, or Japanese cherry cultivars, found outside Japan itself. Shown is the choreographer and leader of dance company Sachiyo Ito in kabuki makeup, holding an okame mask.
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