If a trip to Japan for cherry blossom viewing (known as ‘hanami’) isn’t on the cards, you can head to Gardens by the Bay’s Flower Dome for its annual display of sakura.
It makes a return this week on March 4, 2022, with not just the beauty of the cherry blossoms, but also traditional Japanese elements like torii gates, hanami settings, Japanese floral art by Ikebana International Singapore, and a display of Japanese carp streamers known as koinobori on loan from the Japanese Association, Singapore.
Characters from Japanese-inspired lifestyle brand Tokidoki’s characters will also make an appearance. Catch the five magical Unicornos – Fubuki, Ichiyo, Haru & Harumi, Yoshino and Sakurako – alongside popular characters like Sandy and Donutella.
You can also explore a ‘magical giant box’ with marumado, or traditional round Japanese windows with a view.
Date: Friday, March 4 to Sunday, April 3, 2022
Time: 9am to 9pm
Location: Flower Dome
Admission charge to Flower Dome applies
Visit Gardens by the Bay’s website for details.
Sakura: Cultural Programmes
Outside of the Flower Dome, you can partake in various Japanese cultural programmes too. Be serenaded by the Koto & Erhu Performance, a collaborative showcase Koto Group and Niko Dokokai of The Japanese Association, Singapore.
Or marvel at Japanese folk dances and dance along with Minyo Club of The Japanese Association, Singapore. Tea enthusiasts can join the tea workshop, where they’ll be introduced to the Japanese tea ceremony, expected flow of a typical event, and etiquette including practicing receiving, consuming and sharing the tea session with other participants.
Visit Gardens by the Bay’s website for workshop dates, prices and more details
This article was first published in The Singapore Women's Weekly.