The Weekend Guide


Flowers? Showers? April’s got it going on either way.

J-Cation 2012: Sakura
Dive into Japanese culture with movie screenings, a taiko drumming consortium, kamishibai storytelling, and a cherry blossom lounge pouring plum wine and sake. Cap it off with a rowdy show by Tokyo band The Suzan (pictured).
Why: Partake in the absurdly wonderful game show, and you could win your own trip to the Land of the Rising Sun.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Schedule online at japansociety.org.
Where: Japan Society, 333 E. 47th St., b/t First & Second Aves. (212-832-1155). Tickets ($10) at the door.

Walden Sunday Suppers
Four family-style courses — plated around field-to-table harvests ranging from spring lamb and suckling pig to morning-picked heirloom tomatoes — for $35. This week’s theme is crawfish.
Why: A scene as hip as the food is delicious. Owner Jamie Gray and crew up the convivial ante with one-night-only wine picks and encouraging chatter between the tables.
When: Sun., 6-11 p.m.
Where: 502 Lorimer St., b/t Powers & Ainslie Sts., Williamsburg. R.S.V.P. to 347-227-7133 or supper@waldennyc.com.

Takamichi Hair Takeover
Score half-price cuts, color treatments, and blowouts when the famed stylist lets his junior team have the run of his downtown salon.
Why: A traditional Japanese brunch (kasutera sponge cake, onigiri, mini Hokkaido bread) with each appointment.
When: Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: 263 Bowery, b/t Houston & Stanton Sts., 2nd flr. (212-420-7979).

Mortified NYC Ladies’ Night
The popular series in which people read from their angsty teenage diaries returns with select female heavy hitters.
Why: Our own Lauren Lumsden reads a never-sent (thank goodness) letter to her ninth grade crush and recounts her first seven kisses.
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Where: 92YTribeca, 200 Hudson St., b/t Canal & Vestry Sts. Tickets online ($15) at 92y.org or at the door ($20).

Shape Shop
Perennial favorite Creatures of Comfort teams up with the Sight Unseen duo for a geometrically minded pop-up peddling goods whose basic outline is their most important feature.
Why: You’re no square.
When: Thru May 6. Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: 205 Mulberry St., b/t Kenmare & Spring Sts. (212-925-1005).

Photo: Mamiko Miyakoshi / Courtesy of Japan Society

502 Lorimer St
bt Powers & Ainslie Sts
Brooklyn, NY 11211
205 Mulberry St
bt Kenmare & Spring Sts
New York, NY 10012
200 Hudson St
bt Canal & Vestry Sts
New York, NY 10013
Japan Society
333 E 47th St
bt 1st & 2nd Aves
New York, NY 10017
263 Bowery
bt Houston & Stanton Sts, 2nd flr
New York, NY 10002