Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Sakura Matsuri, cherry blossom festival, cherry blossoms, sakura, Japan, NYC, Brooklyn, Japanese traditions

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri

Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Brooklyn Botanic Garden – 150 Eastern Parkway and 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn Admission: $30/$25 Seniors and Students/Free Children 12 and under (with ticketholder) and BBG members New York’s rite of spring and the nation’s largest event in a public garden, BBG’s Sakura Matsuri features performances, demonstrations, and … Continue reading Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri
KOKA, calligraphy, Japanese traditions, exhibition, J-Collabo, Brooklyn, NYC, Japan

KOKA Calligraphy Solo Exhibition at J-Collabo

KOKA Calligraphy Solo Exhibition Thursday, February 7 through Monday, February 11 from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Opening Reception: Saturday, February 9 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. J-Collabo – 300 7th Street, Brooklyn Admission: Free Japanese calligrapher KOKA will have her first solo exhibition at J-Collabo in Brooklyn. Based in New York and Tokyo, KOKA (real name: Hikaru Yamasaki) has thirteen years of experience … Continue reading KOKA Calligraphy Solo Exhibition at J-Collabo
Setsubun, spring, lunar calendar, Japan, NYC, Japanese customs, Japanese traditions, oni, good fortune, luck, makimame

Setsubun Marks the Coming of Spring

After last week’s below-freezing temperatures, New Yorkers are cheering that the next couple of days are in the 50s. Luckily, spring is almost here, and I don’t mean March 20, as the Gregorian calendar dictates. The lunar calendar, which Japan followed until the Meiji government made the switch while it was modernizing in 1873, puts the start date of spring six weeks earlier. In East Wind … Continue reading Setsubun Marks the Coming of Spring
Kaede Kimono, kimono, Japanese traditions, fashion, Japanese fashion, NYC, Japan, swap meet

February Kimono Swap Meet at Kaede

February Kimono Swap Meet Saturday, February 9 from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Kaede NY Kimono Sales and Rental – 246 W. 38th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues), Room #1102 Admission: Free Head over to Kaede Kimono’s new space in the Garment District for their first swap meet of 2019! Bring your unwanted kimono and kitsuke accessories and trade with other kimono collectors. Knowledgeable … Continue reading February Kimono Swap Meet at Kaede
Oshogatsu, Japanese New Year, Japan Society, NYC, Japan, Japanese traditions, holiday, kamishibai, taiko, shishimai, kendama, mochitsuki, nengajo, calligraphy

Japan Society’s New Year’s Day Celebration: Oshogatsu

Japan Society’s New Year’s Day Celebration: Oshogatsu Sunday, January 27 from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m. Japan Society – 333 E. 47th Street (between First and Second Avenues) Tickets: $18/$10 Japan Society individual and corporate members/Free children ages 2 and under and Cool Culture members Continue to celebrate the New Year Japanese-style with Japan Society’s Oshogatsu event. It’ll be an afternoon filled with the traditional activities for … Continue reading Japan Society’s New Year’s Day Celebration: Oshogatsu