Photo credit: GARDENS BY THE BAY

Gardens by the Bay introduces Sakura season with Hello Kitty

With overseas travel on hold due to the current pandemic, Gardens by the Bay is bringing a bit of Japan to Singapore, with a little help from Hello Kitty.

Shannon Kuan

Weird talents include playing the violin, but with a ukulele and a clothes hanger.

Published: 2 March 2021, 11:52 AM

In the mood to travel to Japan but can’t do so due to the pandemic? Starting Mar 1, you can now visit the Sakura Featuring Hello Kitty floral display at Gardens by the Bay.

While it may not be Japan itself, it sure does feel like it! Walk through torii gates and enter an ethereal landscape filled with cherry blossoms, also known as sakura.


Try to spot elegant Japanese red-crowned cranes, or Tancho, grace the Flower Field this spring alongside pink blossoms of sakura and momo (peach blossoms). PHOTO CREDIT: GARDENS BY THE BAY


Adding kawaii vibes to hanami, otherwise known as the flower viewing tradition, is popular Japanese character Hello Kitty, who is making a special appearance at the Flower Dome for the first time.


From golden statues to green topiaries to 2D cutouts, spot all the different Hello Kitty variants amongst the fauna. PHOTO CREDIT: GARDENS BY THE BAY


You will be able to stroll alongside Hello Kitty as she takes you on her ideal flower viewing itinerary. Grab the chance to snap many insta-worthy shots by posing beside rickshaws and locating the best spot for a nodate tea ceremony.

Feast your eyes and ears on Japanese cultural performances from enthralling folk dances to melodic koto and erhu music arrangements. Learn the way of tea, otherwise known as Chado, and pick up Ikebana, the Japanese art of floral arrangements.


Be inspired by the Japanese art of fabric wrapping, called furoshiki, with a picnic spread laid out! PHOTO CREDIT: GARDENS BY THE BAY


Gardens by the Bay CEO Felix Loh said: “Many of us can’t wait to travel again and cherry blossoms in Japan would rank highly as one of the must-go destinations for everyone. Hence, despite logistics issues, the Gardens team insisted on reaching out to our overseas partners to bring this much-loved display to Singaporeans.

“While cherry tree supplies may be limited this year, we hope these rare beauties will continue to bring our families and loved ones together in a time of COVID-19.”

But while many of us may be excited to ‘travel’, health and safety is still a priority. Do adhere to safe distancing measures and maintain a distance from one another when visiting the gardens.

The Sakura Featuring Hello Kitty floral display will be open from 9am to 9pm, with admission charges to Flower Dome still applied.

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