Apr 25

Justin’s Japan: This week’s Nippon in NY events: NY Loves Japan, Japan-a-Mania, Sakura Matsuri

The Japanese Folk Dance Institute of New York joins a superb lineup of peformers at the Sakura Matsuri festival at Brooklyn Botanic Garden this weekend, April 30-May 1. (Jason Gardner)

By JQ magazine editor Justin Tedaldi (CIR Kobe-shi, 2001-02) for Examiner.com. Visit his page here to subscribe for free alerts on newly published stories.

After all those April showers, it’s finally starting to feel like spring. And what better way to welcome those May flowers than with these events, capped off with the 30th(!) annual edition of a Brooklyn Botanic Garden classic.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

NY Loves Japan

La Venue

269 11th Avenue (between 27th and 28th Streets)

Tickets: $100 general admission/$175 VIP (click here for VIP details)

The New York Sake and Japanese Food Community has joined together with non-profit volunteer organization Project by Project to organize a fundraising event to support disaster relief in Japan in the wake of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. New York’s leading Japanese food and sake distributors, chefs, restaurants (including Bao Noodles, owned by JET alum Chris Johnson (Oita-ken, 1992-95), who also helped organized the event), food writers, public relations companies, and cooking schools have come together to form NY Loves Japan. Help spread the word through their Twitter and Facebook pages as well.

Saturday, April 30, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City

223 E 30th Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

Free to volunteer. RSVP to Katrina Barnas

Back by popular demand! Join fellow members of the JET Program Alumni Association of New York as they teach NYC kids about Japanese culture in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters and NY de Volunteer. Step up to show off your origami, katakana or kimono-tying skills, or help with crowd control and meet new friends. Last year’s event drew over 60 kids with their bigs, and even more are expected this year. Also welcome are planners and anyone who can provide contacts for or perhaps lead a karate demonstration.

Saturday, April 30-May 1, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

30th Annual Sakura Matsuri

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Enter at 900 Washington Avenue (between Crown and Carroll Streets)

Tickets: $10/$15 general admission; free for children under 12 and BBG members

During this season celebrating its historic relationship to Japanese culture and horticulture, the Garden reflects on the recent tragic events in Japan, and invites visitors to find opportunities for contemplation amidst its flowering cherries, Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, the bonsai exhibition Graceful Perseverance, and more. Visitors will be invited to make an origami crane that will eventually join thousands of others sent to Japan as a gesture of support and unity.

Click here to learn more about the events.

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