Those of us with a strong sense of wanderlust might be itching to jump on a plane after a long hiatus from travelling.
With travel restrictions still in place, that will have to wait. But what if you can enjoy the sights from Japan without even leaving our shores?
Gardens By The Bay (GBTB) has just the thing — a sakura display complete with torii gates and cranes.
You won’t even have to travel to soak in the breathtaking beauty of cherry blossom season with GBTB’s annual Sakura Matsuri event that begins on 1 Mar this year.
From 1 Mar 2021, the flower dome at GBTB will transform into a little pseudo Japan where you’ll be able to walk through traditional torii gates.
And it won’t just be any Japan, but Japan at its peak beauty, during sakura season.
You’ll be surrounded by beautiful cherry blossoms and peach blossoms (momo) all around.
So much so that you might even be able to trick your Instagram followers into thinking that you’ve somehow made your way to the Land of the Rising Sun.
Besides that, you’ll also be able to spot the elegant Japanese red-crowned cranes (tancho) featured amidst the flower fields in the display this year.
Not the real thing of course, just realistic sculptures of them.
The Sakura Matsuri event this year will also be extra kawaii, thanks to the iconic Japanese cartoon cat — Hello Kitty.
For the first time ever, the beloved anime will be making an appearance at the GBTB flower dome.
So, Hello Kitty fanatics will not want to miss this chance to stroll alongside the cartoon cat as you pose for stunning photos amongst the pastel pink flowers.
In addition to all that, the event is also filled with opportunities to learn more and experience Japanese culture.
You’ll be able to watch nodate, an outdoor tea ceremony being performed right in front of you.
There will also be a feature on the Japanese art of fabric wrapping called furoshiki, complete with a delicious picnic spread laid out.
That’ll certainly give you some inspiration for your next gift wrap idea for bae.
If you’re looking for a much-needed break this March, why not bring your friends to a quick ‘holiday’ to Japan?
Here are the details for the event:
Sakura featuring Hello Kitty
Venue: Flower Dome, Gardens By The Bay
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
Date: Starts 1 Mar 2021
Time: 9am – 9pm daily
Nearest MRT: Bayfront Station
Do remember, due to Covid-19 restrictions, you will need to pre-book your visit online here.
Standard admission charges to the flower dome apply, but not to worry, as you can always put your SingapoRediscovers vouchers to good use.
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Featured images adapted from Gardens By The Bay and Facebook.
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