Kick off your cherry-blossom viewing at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where this weekend marks the 27th year of Sakura Matsuri, âNew Yorkâs Rite of Springââa two-day festival that brings out the beauty of Japanese culture through dance, art exhibits, food, manga, martial arts, and, of course, music. Get reacquainted with the traditional beats of taiko drumming, and check out some new hip acts. DJ Jaiko Suzuki brings on the mix with a variety of â70s and â80s J-rock and pop; the musical twosome Love etc. belts out some soulful theatrical tunes; and Gaijin Ã -Go-Go offers up some fun psychedelic pop. Also be on the lookout for some hip-hop kicks in the festivalâs acrobatic spectacle, âThe Legend of Ninja Kotaro,â as well as anime-themed music spun by DJ 2Thirteen.
Sun., May 4, 10 a.m., 2008