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Hanami After Dark: 150-Pound Tuna, Watch Out

An oversized sushi bar serving up made-to-order bites? Yes, please.

By Sery Kim
|  Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012  |  Updated 11:15 AM EDT
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How come we don't have a word for enjoying the beauty of flowers? We're not sure, but at least the Japanese do: hanami.

The season's annual Hanami After Dark includes a lot of things at least equally enjoyable as cherry blossoms. Case in point: an oversized sushi bar serving up made-to-order bites? Yes, please.

The night that also includes sake, wine, shochu, hors d'oerves from chefs from along the eastern seaboard, at the Ronald Reagan Building on  Sunday, April 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The event will also feature a traditional Maguro Kaitai ceremony by Chef Toru Ogam of Oga's Japanese Cuisine in Boston. The ritual breaks down an entire 150-pound tuna for sushi.

Art Party Japan will provide auction items from Disney, DreamWorks, Nickelodeon and more.

Tickets are $175, with proceeds to benefit TOMODACHI, recovery efforts for last year's Great East Japan Earthquake.


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