Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura Matsuri)
It was a pleasure to be back at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where the very popular Japanese Hill and Pond Garden designed by Japanese landscape designer was opened in 1951. Also designed by Takeo Shiota: the shrine "Inari," God of the harvest and protector of plants.
Here in the garden pond sits the "Torii." The marquee reads :"Torii which represents the presence of the shrine nestled among the pines on the hill beyond. The shrine is dedicated to the Shinto God of the harvest protector of plants." The inscription on the front of the Torii reads, "Dai-mya-jin, great illuminating Deity, or spirit of light."In the Meadow, "Butoh dance" as it's called, can be best described (by the uninitiated) as a horizontal mime of some
of activity is always the
Cherry Blossom Esplanade Stage.
Here enjoying the peace and serenity
of this lovely garden, is an especially
unique experience this time of year.
"The Cherry Blossom Festival,"
(Sakura Matsuri) is a celebration of
Japanese culture; the annual
right of spring celebration, in the
essential melting pot, New York City.
During the "Amateur group" perform-
ance of the "Flower Hat Dance," ––
In what in my estimation was the
highlight of the evening––all at
once, without missing a beat, these
dancers were stepping in colorful
symphony, with parasols spinning,
to a recording of Frank Sinatra
singing "New York, New York."
The packed tent appreciated this.
My word! exciting stuff.
|Large photo here!|