After the popularity of the inaugural Sakura Matsuri last year, Gardens by the Bay’s Japanese-themed festival returns for the second time – with more free activities than before for the community to enjoy.
Sakura Matsuri, which means Cherry Blossom Festival, has four components – the cherry blossom floral display, cultural programmes, Nippon Street and Anime Garden.
This year, the ever-popular cherry blossom floral display in Flower Dome is more evocative of
Japan than before. Visitors can look forward to seeing interpretations of iconic elements of the Land of
the Rising Sun, nestled among the pretty pink and white hues of cherry blossoms.
As part of the cultural programmes visitors will get to see a showcase of traditional arts such as folk dance, instruments like the koto, shakuhachi and taiko, as well as martial arts such as a kendo demonstration.
Happening across from the floral display in Flower Field Hall is Nippon Street, a Japanese-themed fair. This year’s fair offers more than 20 food and retail stalls; traditional games such as fishing coloured balls with a washi paper net, and the chance to try kyudo or Japanese archery, as well as dress up like a samurai warrior.
Headlining Anime Garden, which takes place in the last weekend of March at The Meadow, are free
anisong concerts featuring well-known names in the industry like Megumi Nakajima, ReoNa and
Ayaka Ohashi, as well as appearances by international celebrity cosplayers such as Olivie & Luffy
from Hong Kong and MON from Taiwan.