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Full bloom: Brooklyn Botanic Garden celebrates cherry blossom season with cultural performances

Flower power: Cosplayer Jon Rios showed up as Deadpool during the cherry blossom festival at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
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Brooklyn celebrated all things Japanese at Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual cherry blossom festival last weekend.

The world-class horticultural museum’s smorgasbord of cultural events celebrated the brief, but extraordinarily vibrant bloom that graces its 26 species of cherry trees, which lasts only a few weeks in March through April every year.

Performances included a high-octane fusion of traditional taiko drumming and martial arts courtesy of Taiko Masala, an elegant Kabuki Bayo dance performance, samurai sword exhibitions, anime- and video game-inspired jazz, and various other musical acts with an eastern twist.

The garden’s beloved cherry blossom festival wouldn’t be complete without a zany cast of cos-playing ticket holders, who donned historic Japanese garb, along with less traditional costumes, including Jon Rios’s fantastic Deadpool, and Emma Salder’s magical unicorn.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Posted 12:00 am, May 2, 2019
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