NYC’s Botanical Gardens: What’s best?

Brooklyn Botanical Garden is a good first choice. Accessible by subway, there is parking nearby on unmetered side streets. It’s next to Prospect Park, Brooklyn Museum, and Park Slope. It has a great Japanese garden among a dozen specialized gardens Smaller means a more manageable visit. It’s more formally organized, a set of Victorian gardens….

Male Youths as an Art – Did you know this?

The Japan Society (333 E 47 in NYC) sponsored this spring a lecture given by John T. Carpenter “Amusements in a Samurai Mansion: Male Youths as Actors, Escorts, or Outcasts in Early Edo Art”. This mysterious mention led me to Wiki, where this was revealed: “Although any person would be clearly classified as a child, wakashū…