Thursday, March 26, 2015

Japan Festival in Boston & Brookline Sakura Matsuri Dates

I was wondering if the Japan Festival Boston (formerly called Haru Matsuri and Japan Festival in Boston) would be happening this year after last year's festival within a festival at the Cambridge River Festival which I didn't think worked very well. I just found out that this year's 4th annual Japan Festival will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 10am - 5pm on the Boston Common at the Beacon & Charles Street corner (near Frog Pond). JREX is crowdfunding with GoFundMe for the first time this year.

I also got word that the 4th annual Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival (formerly called the Brookline Sakura Matsuri) held at Brookline High School will be on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 12 - 4pm. This is a small family-friendly matsuri organized by the Brookline High School & Genki Spark communities. Details to follow. Though you can definitely expect a lot of taiko!

See photos from last year's Japan Festival in Boston. 
See photos from last year's Brookline Sakura Matsuri.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Japonaise Bakery in Porter Closed

Update 7/10/15: I have confirmed that the Porter Square location is permanently closed. Their Brookline location is still open.

I tried to stop by Japonaise Bakery in Porter yesterday when they should have been open but was greeted by steel doors. I called the main store in Brookline today and was told that Porter was closed due to equipment issues. I asked if the closure was permanent and was told she hadn't decided yet. I told her that would be too bad. It wouldn't surprise me if they close permanently since they never have very many customers. It would be a real shame. Japonaise has been in the Porter Exchange for as long as I remember but it seems like they've struggled for business since moving to this less visible location (they used to have a kiosk in the main hallway outside Bluefin). I'm sure that Kotobukiya's closure has hurt them as well.

In the mean time if you want azuki creams or shoku pan you will have to head over to their St. Mary's location.

Update 3/19/15: Stopped by the Brookline location today and found out that the equipment that broke is used to make their bread so they had no bread or bread pastries (other than bread pudding), just cakes, flan, a lone tray of almond croissants, and a few onigiri. It seems they are also struggling with being understaffed.  They are hiring for all positions.

Update 3/20/15: Went back to the Brookline location today and they had azuki & ichigo creams (yay!) along with a few other pastries but still no bread and no word on when the equipment would be fixed.