Sakura Matsuri – Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay - Sakura Matsuri 2018 floral display - doll in tori gate

Be enchanted by the beauty of cherry blossoms and Japanese culture at the inaugural Sakura Matsuri (cherry blossom festival) at Gardens by the Bay.

Gardens by the Bay - Sakura Matsuri 2018 floral display - entrance tori gate

This is the third year Gardens by the Bay created a display around cherry blossoms, and it’s the biggest so far. It’s so elaborate that there is a festival held to complement it.

Gardens by the Bay - Sakura Matsuri 2018 floral display - flower field back overview

Of course, the flowers reign as the stars here, with 23 varieties flown in from Japan and Europe. The ever popular pink blooms and snow fountains are back, and some ‘bonsai sakura’ are making their debut this year.

Gardens by the Bay - Sakura Matsuri 2018 floral display - flower field back overview 2

Gardens by the Bay - Sakura Matsuri 2018 floral display - raining white sakura

Gardens by the Bay - Sakura Matsuri 2018 floral display - flower field pink sakura

Gardens by the Bay - Sakura Matsuri 2018 floral display - flower field doll

Gardens by the Bay - Sakura Matsuri 2018 floral display - flower field dolls couple tori gate

Another highlight this year: miniature scenes with ball-jointed dolls dressed in exquisite kimonos, right beside the bonsai sakura varieties.

Gardens by the Bay - Sakura Matsuri 2018 floral display - flower field dolls parasol

Gardens by the Bay - Sakura Matsuri 2018 floral display - flower field dolls tea house

Gardens by the Bay - Sakura Matsuri 2018 floral display - flower field sakura bokeh

Gardens by the Bay - Sakura Matsuri 2018 floral display - flower field hut in the garden

This display is, in many aspects, magnificent. Even the host during the media preview (exaggeratedly) claimed she lacked the vocabulary to describe it.

Gardens by the Bay - Sakura Matsuri 2018 floral display - flower field sakura by the house

A very melodramatic orchestral rendition of Sakura (a Japanese folk-song) fill the air, befitting the grand experience of walking down the pathways lined with sweeping blooms.

Gardens by the Bay - Sakura Matsuri 2018 floral display - flower field sakura vivid

Gardens by the Bay - Sakura Matsuri 2018 floral display - Sakura bokeh

Not all parts of the field would be in bloom at the same time, which makes this floral display worthy of a revisit, even just for the yozakura (nighttime viewing) experience. Gardens by the Bay will be posting updates on the bloom progress on their social media channels.

Gardens by the Bay - Sakura Matsuri 2018 floral display - Sakura grande overview

In the middle of the flower field is the tea hut for special performances and demonstrations. Most of the programmes happen during the opening weekend (17 and 18 March), so you might want to head down right after reading this. For full event listings, check the event programme here.

Gardens by the Bay - Sakura Matsuri 2018 floral display - flower field performance Minyo club

Gardens by the Bay - Sakura Matsuri 2018 floral display - flower field May'n performance

Anime popstar May’n graced the launch of the festival. As part of the Sakura Matsuri, there is another festival called Anime Garden at the Supertree Grove. Admission is free to that event, and you can meet your favourite Anisong performers, cosplayers and more! Check the event guide here.

Gardens by the Bay - Sakura Matsuri 2018 floral display - Sakura Japan Fair Samurice

During the last week of the event, the Sakura Japan Fair will take place at the Flower Dome, where you can experience more aspects of Japanese culture (including workshops, performances, and a FOOD fair). You will also be able to rent Yukatas at the fair, which would be perfect for photos around the sakura floral display. More details here.

Gardens by the Bay - Sakura Matsuri 2018 floral display - grand bloom giant fan

Sakura Matsuri at Gardens by the Bay

From now till 8 April 2018
Various events happening in the Flower Dome and Supertree Grove.

Sakura Matsuri Event Listings and Programme Guides

Sakura Matsuri Flower Dome Programme (Mostly on 17 and 18 March)
Anime Garden (17 and 18 March only)
Sakura Japan Fair (From 30 March – 8 April)

Note: Admission ticket required for activities held in the Flower Dome. Additional fee may apply for some experiences.




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