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Japanese Culture in Full Bloom at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is celebrating the beauty of spring this weekend as part of its annual Cherry Blossom Festival. NY1's Bree Driscoll filed the following report.

Japanese cherry blossoms are delicate, dainty and beautiful. It is truly difficult to capture their essence in a photo, but that isn't stopping thousands of people from grabbing their cameras and trying.

"I think the key to getting a good photograph is to actually feel happy and look happy and not just pose for it. And then be in front of the flowers. Like the flowers make me naturally happy," said one cherry blossom admirer.

"You want to capture that moment because it is so temporary," said another admirer.

Cherry blossoms last only a couple of weeks, but time is on their side this year.

"We are now at a phase where our blooms are a couple of weeks behind where they typically might be. But the kind of fortunate result is that we kind of have all these blossoming trees coming into their peak season kind of at the same time," said Kathryn Glass, Vice President for Marketing and Public Engagement at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Sakura Matsuri, or the cherry blossom festival, is a two day extravaganza celebrating more than just blossoms though. It also highlights many other elements of Japanese culture both traditional and modern. There's music, fashion, even samurai sword fighting.

"Performance has a lot of elements of comedy, humanistic themed drama so heart warming stuff," said Saori Goda of Samurai Sword Soul.

Visitors to Prospect Park say the most heart warming attraction is the weather.

"The winter was very long and very cold. It is so exciting to be outside," said one park visitor.

"It has been a little rough. We started spring and then we get snow out of no where but springs is here. You should make the best out of it," said another park visitor.

"I try to find beauty of life," noted a third park visitor.

The festival runs though Sunday at 6 p.m..Tickets are $25. For more information, visit bbg.org.

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