It’s almost the cherry blossoms time in Japan, and I’m still the same always-almost manly man still in SG.
Like how I almost won the 22 Feb Hong Bao draw, but hadn’t actually bought a single Toto ticket, or how I almost actually signed for Barcelona Football Club but that had actually only happened in FIFA 2019 Career mode, and even then, I wound up at Huddersfield instead.
That said, if you are looking to view some cherry blossoms, but for some reason or another is unable to visit Japan, you’be be glad to know that Gardens By The Bay is asking you to say “konnichiwa once again to Sakura Matsuri, the popular cherry blossom festival that makes a return to Gardens by the Bay this March!”.
Making its return from the 2018 edition, this is what Gardens By The Bay asks of you to do at the festival:
Admire the ephemeral beauty of cherry blossoms as you stroll through the Sakura Matsuri Floral Display (樱花节花卉展), and explore the food, costumes and products of Japan at Sakura Matsuri: Nippon Street (日本街). Fans of the Japanese culture are also in for a treat with Sakura Matsuri: Cultural Programmes (日本文化节目) featuring instrumental and dance performances. In the last weekend of March, Sakura Matsuri: Anime Garden (动漫花园) will bring Japanese animation to life!
Sakura Matsuri Floral Display (樱花节花卉展)
You can stroll around the Flower Dome and and take in the elegant beauty of cherry blossoms on display.
If looks could kill, you will die a thousand horrible deaths by the looks of these dandy beauties out there.
Sakura Matsuri: Nippon Street (日本街)
There’s also the Nippon Street located within the Flower Field Hall (within Flower Dome) and Waterview Room that will allow you to ingest some rich Japanese culture while donning the Yukata, a traditional Japanese garment worn during the summer.
Some of the delights that will be served includes; takoyaki, okonomiyaki, onigiri, lavender soft cream.
If you are bored of eating, do visit some of the sure-win Japanese carnival games booth peppering the street to walk away with memorable gift items!
Apart from the Flower Field Hall, there’s also the Ohanami Street a contemporary fair which will offer a variety of Japanese instant noodles, sake selection and Japanese cosmetics.
Sakura Matsuri: Cultural Programmes (日本文化节目)
There is too, a host of cultural programmes to choose from at the festival.
Some of them are:
Japanese Tea Ceremony
Sendai Suzume Odori Performance
Wadaiko (Japanese Drum) Performance
Wadaiko (Japanese Drum) Performance
If you are keen to explore the whole suite of cultural programmes, here’s the link to find out more.
Sakura Matsuri: Anime Garden (动漫花园)
And lastly, if you are an Anime or Cosplay fan, the Anime Garden is available only for two days from 30-31 March.
It will showcase a Cosplay Competition & Performance, a Anisong Concert, a Celebrity Cosplayer Meet & Greet session and even a J-POP Idol Groups (Singappore) Performance.
More information can be found right here.
So folks, if you are keen on visiting Japan for the upcoming Cherry Blossom season, but aren’t able to, why not visit Gardens by the Bay this March instead?
When: 9 March to 31 March 2019, 9am to 9pm daily
Where: Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Price: From S$12
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