Events in FDR Four Freedoms Park and Gallery RIVAA

Roosevelt Island's Cherry Blossom Festival Draws Thousands

Peter McCarthy
Japanese style ink painting being taught during the Cherry Blossom Festival
Japanese style ink painting being taught during the Cherry Blossom Festival
© David Stone / Roosevelt Island Daily

From the moment when Cherry Blossom Festival MC Jim Luce welcomed visitors to FDR Four Freedoms Park to the last meditative notes on his Shakuhachi flute by Gerald Starlight, an "estimated 6,000*" people engaged in Japanese culture, food, art, picnicking, music and, of course, enjoyed countless cherry blossoms that stuck around for the event, this year.

Along with games, sake tasting and a tea ceremony, activities in the park included Japanese folk dancing with a special performance by the Young Roosevelt Island Japanese Association Dancers.

Meanwhile, indoors at Gallery RIVAA, members of the RI Parents' Network organized calligraphy and ink painting classes as well as origami. Visitors were also given a chance to try on a kimono before Starlight brought the day to a mellow close with his traditional instrument.

*Crowd estimates provided by Lydia Tang who organized the festival as part as an initiative of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association.

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