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SAKURA MATSURI CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL (Brooklyn Botanical Garden,
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SAKURA MATSURI CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL (Brooklyn Botanical Garden, 990 Washington Ave., Brooklyn): It's finally spring both on the calendar and outdoors, and what better way to relish the fact than to visit the Brooklyn Botanical Garden's annual cherry blossom festival. Though visitors can see the flowering trees over several weeks, this festival celebrating traditional and contemporary Japanese culture takes place on one weekend each year. The lineup includes music and dance performances (like Taiko drumming and Kabuki dance), art and horticulture demonstrations, Samurai sword fighting, tea ceremonies and kids' workshops. Info: Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; $20-$25, 718-623-7200, bbg.org. -- STAV ZIV(Credit: Liz Ligon)

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