Saturday, April 28, 2018

Japanese cherry blossom festival

We went to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's annual Sakura Matsuri event (traditional Japanese cherry blossom festival) for the 1st time. Lina is a huge fan of Japanese culture (the language, food, customs, shows & movies, video games, manga graphic novels, fashions etc.) so she had a blast. She enjoyed wearing her kimono (and Tsukihoshi sneakers), seeing anime cosplay costumes worn by teens & adults, attending a Sohenryu tea ceremony for families and looking at the beautiful cherry blossom trees.


Lina also enjoyed shopping at a Japanese market with saved allowance money...loved handmade kawaii (cute) hair accessories, lovely wooden doll (big discount due to tiny chip on top; we don't care about imperfections :-), met female manga comic book artist and purchased self-published comics and bought volume 1 of two series of wonderful manga graphic novels Yotsuba&! and The Girl from the Other Side. She bought a gift for me too...a nod to my love of ring with a detailed tea cup on it.