Gardens by The Bay (GBTB) is celebrating Sakura Singapore (樱花) from now till 08 April and families are rejoicing! (Sakura Matsuri event)
Matsuri (祭) is Japanese word for Festival, and Japan is already forecasting first blooms in Tokyo.
Spring is here 春天来了
If you are an anime fan, today is the last day to catch the cosplayers in action (schedule and programme link). Sorry Pikachu Parade was only one run on the 17th.
Temperature in Flower Dome is kept at a cool 19 degrees to prolong the sakura’s lifespan. Also known as Cherry blossom, the flowering will normally last around one week.
Torii gate greeted us at the entrance of Flower Dome. Whip out your cameras and phones 🙂
Besides the beautiful Sakuras, GBTB has added dolls into the landscaping.
Tea house in the center.
Introducing the stars of Sakura Matsuri, the Sakura flowers 🙂
They look splendid from all angles, I like to look up and see the sakura canopy above us. Closeups macros are even more endearing.
More wefie and family photos 🙂
Popular corners will need to queue too, but I am only piqued by the constant stream of photo bombers (we are guilty too haha!)
Japanese themed bridges, umbrellas and Torii gates add to the feel 🙂
Look closer, some sakuras are still budding
The cosplayers are attracting some attention too! The makeup, costumes, are elaborate and the actors really spend a lot of efforts to craft the desired appearance.
We must have seen at least 50 cosplayers, mostly females. I only noticed the hair and iris colours haha, purple, red, blue, white, green or orange.
Any colour except black :p
Our kids are not anime fans but we find these folks (and culture) fascinating. You can spot many more characters at hashtag #SakuraMatsuri
You can catch anisong concerts and even a cosplay parade from 5pm onwards.
Map below indicate that most of the activities are confined to three areas. Except for Flower dome entrance, all other activities are free.
Fringe activities include posing with famous cosplayers from the region and do look out for the pulsating Taito drums performance.
Refer to the first photo of no1 Wei, he is imagining the splendid spread of Sakura Blossoms in Tokyo 🙂
We hope your family will enjoy Singapore’s magnificent Sakura Matsuri too. One day, I will bring them to see the real deal in Japan 🙂
Tips to enjoy Sakura Singapore (Sakura Matsuri) at GBTB :
-It will be crowded, buy the tickets online to avoid the queue
-Take note of the ‘special events” timing, so you plan accordingly (refer link to Sakura Matsuri below)
-Carpark space will be packed, alternate carparks at Satay, Barrage will be full house too. Drop your family at Gardens by the Bay Visitor area, and try parallel park at “Marina Mall”
-Flower Dome itself will be swamped! It will be super difficult to get your perfect portraiture, even harder to mount your tripod
-Although official cosplay activities are only on 17/18 Mar weekend. You will still spot many cosplay enthusiasts (with wings and swords too!)
-Leave the mat and picnic at home, you cannot hanami in Flower Dome :p
Additional links :
-SengkangBabies Gardens by the Bay stories