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Sakura Matsuri fest

I went to the Sakura Matsuri festival this morning. It was held, like in previous years I ahd gone, at the Brooklyn Botanical gardens. This year wasn't as good as last year. The weather was a bit windy & cold, but at least the sun was shining, so not too bad. Part of the gardens are under construction, so everything was moved around & it felt like there was a ton more people. The food, which is generally very good was crappy this year. And thanks to my food allergies, there wasn't much for me to eat. I wound up eating a plum rice ball & a hotdog. I really wanted the veggie sushi, but I'm allergic to mushrooms. T.T That also prevented me from getting the ramen bowl, although I could make one that I can eat right now if I really want to... And instead of Cali-rolls, the only other sushi choice was spicy tuna. Seriously, mushroom sushi? I thought they'd at least be kappa rolls (cucumber) that I could eat, but nope. XD The only highlight was getting to hear a song played on a koto; we missed the songs with samisen, although we did catch the end of it as we arrived as they were finishing playing. XD The koto was pretty & the song made me think of rain. :D Then we walked around the conservatory, skipping the bonsai as that was CROWDED. The line to get in to see the tea house & walk around the Japanese garden was insane. We also got there just after opening too. *shrugs* It's not like I never seen it... Will we go next year? Maybe.I think I will bring my kimono if we go & I will have a year to practice getting dressed, tying my obi, & finding my tabi socks, which I've shoved somewhere & now can't find. T.T

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ranuel
Apr. 27th, 2019 11:53 pm (UTC)
Aw, I had a similar experience with a small local con this year. Maybe 2019 is just an off year.
kiramaru7
Apr. 28th, 2019 02:28 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that, but you could be right about it being an off year. Hopefully the con I'm going to in July will be better. If not, I hope it's okay. XD
cornerofmadness
Apr. 28th, 2019 04:25 am (UTC)
Sorry the food situation wasn't great.
kiramaru7
Apr. 28th, 2019 02:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I found out it was taken over by new management, so we'll see how it is next year. If it's still awful, then we know to stay away. Plus if we want to see the cherry blossoms we can always go the following weekend, or the one before.
cornerofmadness
Apr. 28th, 2019 05:36 pm (UTC)
First timers often have issues when taking over a con. And of course availability is always an issue. I never know what I'll see at rathacon.

And true about the flowers
kiramaru7
May. 1st, 2019 12:12 am (UTC)
Yeah, although, I wouldn't call it a con. It's more a 2 day celebration of Japanese culture. They did get the date right as the cherry blossoms were all open & at their peak. :D Yeah? XD

*nods*
cornerofmadness
May. 1st, 2019 02:46 am (UTC)
Ah okay. Well if you go again next year I hope it's better. Finding foods everyone can eat is a challenge. Do they have a FB page or a comment section on a web page where you can make suggestions?
kiramaru7
May. 1st, 2019 06:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Tell me about it. I would guess that the hotdogs & PBJs were standard year round fare, but I'm not sure. I have been there during the summer several years ago, but I don't think we ate there. I'm not sure if they do or not. The BBG does have a web page.
cornerofmadness
May. 1st, 2019 08:20 pm (UTC)
It's worth consideration. That's what sucked about Tsubasacon was the venue allowed NO outside food vendors and their vendors sucked hard
kiramaru7
May. 2nd, 2019 06:20 pm (UTC)
I'll have to look into it. Yeah? XD That must have been awful as your only other choice would be to go elsewhere. And if it's anything like AnimeNext, once you got that parking spot, you didn't want to leave until the weekend was over. XD
cornerofmadness
May. 2nd, 2019 09:00 pm (UTC)
eh the parking garage is three blocks away and all those blocks are nothing BUT food so it's not so bad
kiramaru7
May. 3rd, 2019 02:43 am (UTC)
Aaah... :D Sooo many choices, ne?
cornerofmadness
May. 3rd, 2019 04:21 am (UTC)
very many
kiramaru7
May. 3rd, 2019 11:33 pm (UTC)
*nods*
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