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Kick off your cherry-blossom viewing at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where this weekend marks the 27th year of Sakura Matsuri, “New York’s Rite of Spring”—a 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 ’70s and ’80s 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 festival’s acrobatic spectacle, “The Legend of Ninja Kotaro,” as well as anime-themed music spun by DJ 2Thirteen.
Sun., May 4, 10 a.m., 2008