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Believe it or not, after going to Japan more than 10 times, I have never seen cherry blossoms (sakura) before in my life.

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Somehow I have never been able to go to Japan during sakura season.  Hence, seeing cherry blossoms has been at the top of my bucket list since… there was such a thing as bucket lists?

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You know there are those things in life where you worry that if you pass away tomorrow, you will be thinking, “Nooooo, I can’t die yet, I haven’t done blah blah blah yet!!” For me, seeing cherry blossoms was one of those things.

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Thanks to Gardens by the Bay who imported cherry blossoms to Singapore, I can now die with one less regret. That’s right.  I have officially struck off ‘seeing cherry blossoms’ from my bucket list.  Albeit not very natural, I can now say that I have seen them!

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Blossom Beats is a limited-time only floral display happening now (and not for long) at the Flower Dome.

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This event is EXTREMELY popular.  My friend who was there last weekend told me that they were using loud hailers to instruct people to keep moving along!

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The event started on 11 March, but we waited for the school holidays and weekends to pass before visiting on a relatively quiet weekday this week.

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I was amazed by how sporting the visitors were.  I saw people who came dressed in kimonos and more than one group of cosplayers when I was there!  Meet Vehloren Granzon and Kuro Ri, two awesome cosplayers who very graciously allowed me to use their photos on the blog.

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I used to be a huge anime fan – it was anime that got me hooked onto Japan travel in the first place.  Back in my anime heydays, I attended some cosplay events before (though I have never cosplayed – I just love admiring the cosplayers).  Seeing and photographing Vehloren Granzon and Kuro Ri brought back fond memories of my younger days!

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Moving on to the flowers.  I was there to flower-watch, not people-watch!

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I learned that there were more than 200 varieties of cherry blossoms. There were some signs around with names like Prunus Fujishidare, Prunus Accolade, Prunus Pendula, Prunus Kukishidare and Prunus Kohigan.

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Well, I am no cherry blossom expert and definitely couldn’t tell a Kukishidare from a Kohigan.  The only Kohi I know was the latte I had during lunch.

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So I came up with my own classifications.

The weeping sakura

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The sticking-up sakura

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The curly-vine sakura

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The dark pink sakura that I’m not even sure if they were sakura

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The oversized sakura that I doubt are sakura

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And my super most favourite..

The puffy sakura

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I couldn’t get over how CUTE the puffy sakura was! I think I have a thing for flowers that are shaped like balls.  When I visited Dahlia Dreams last month, my favourite was also the ball-shaped Dahlia.

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Here’s Vehloren Granzon and Kuro Ri posing under the puffy sakura tree.  Maybe the staff were so awestruck by their cosplaying that they closed one eye to the no-touching-of-plants rule for them.

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But yeah.  The rest of us better keep our fingers away from the plants.  Unless you want the staff hollering down at you.

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Besides the cherry blossoms, the other thing I super loved about Blossom Beats were the Japanese features.

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They made super nice backdrops for the sakura!

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I could get away with telling people that I actually went to Japan.

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My favourite Japanese feature was the area with the red umbrella, which was like photo HOT-SPOT. I camped around for a pretty long time before the coast was clear before I could jump in for a photo!

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There were a lot of these Japanese features and I thought they were gorgeous.  Here’s a photo gallery of the decorations!

If you ask me, the $12 admission ($10.20 to be exact with 15% OCBC card discount) we paid was a STEAL!  The effort of bringing in the sakura, setting the display up with all the Japanese features.  It’s pretty mind-boggling how Gardens by the Bay did it if you ask me.

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And the funniest part was, just to remind us that we were in Singapore, they put some orchids in the midst of the weeping sakura.

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If you haven’t already caught Blossom Beats at the Flower Dome, there isn’t much time left! The display is on till 27 March 2016.  However, I think the crowd is going to be INSANE over the coming long weekend.  If you can, go on a weekday.

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If you don’t have the luxury of visiting on a weekday and really don’t want to squeeze with the crowd, well…. You can live vicariously through me then.

Photo Gallery

Visiting Tips:

  1. Bring a jacket.  It was pretty cold in the Flower Dome when I was there.
  2. Avoid the long weekend if possible.  It will be insanely crowded, that I can assure you.
  3. Accept the fact that there will be other people in your photo and don’t hog the photo spot hoping for a good photo with no crowd behind or beside you.
  4. Purchase your tickets online and print them out to skip the ticket queue.  Even on the weekday I was there, there was a 20min queue to purchase our ticket.  Unless you want a cool ticket stub to keep as souvenir, don’t waste your time waiting in line.
  5. Use OCBC credit card for 15% discount.

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Information on Blossom Beats:

Date: 11 March – 27 March 2016

Time: 9am – 9pm Daily

Venue: Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome

Map: Click here for Google Map Location

Admission Fee:

  • Local Resident Rate – One Conservatory
    Adult: $12
    Senior Citizen (>60 years old): $8
    Child (3-12 years old): $8
  • Local Resident Rate – Two Conservatories
    Adult: $20
    Senior Citizen (>60 years old): $15
    Child (3-12 years old): $12
  • Standard Rate – Two Conservatories
    Adult: $28
    Senior Citizen (>60 years old): $28
    Child (3-12 years old): $15

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Supposed to be a stay-home mom, but hates staying home. Definition of parenting is bringing the boys out for 'experiential learning' in Singapore, Japan and wherever else in the world her husband can afford to pay for.

25Comments

  1. Jess @ Room Setvice Required says:

    How beautiful! Our home base is Washington DC, and one of my favorite spring activities is packing a picnic and going down to have lunch by all the cherry blossoms. It’s so serene. Love the cosplay pics too. So much fun.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Our cherry blossoms was anything but serene. Hahaha.. I wish we had natural cherry blossoms and parks to picnic under them. But oh well, Singapore’s weather doesn’t allow for it.

  2. mmlittlee says:

    hahah WAH U never seen sakura in Japan before? I’m totally surprised! What luck! You met Cosplayers! Coolllllll. This installation seems to attract a lot of people! I’m afraid to go visit haha
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  3. Jacqualine says:

    I personally like the “weeping sakura” best!! Not sure if they would be able to stay bloomed over the long weekend. I plan to bring the kids on one of the weekdays next week. Hopefully it still remains blooming!!! :O
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    • bumblebeemum says:

      I think the weeping ones are super iconic. Before this, I always imagined all sakura to be like the weeping sakura. I really wonder what they are going to do with all the cherry trees after this week. They may have to remove them to make space for the next event, which should be Tulipmania. But it would be such a waste to remove them if they are still blooming!

  4. Dee says:

    Thought of heading there but it’s gonna be really crowded this weekend!! 🙁

    And those cosplayers were really in the mood! Heh!
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  5. Cynthia Koh says:

    I read many went and the crowd is pretty scary. Can’t take a nice photo without any strangers being part of it. That weeping Sakura! I think I saw it before and it really is very different.
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  6. The cherry blossoms come only out now carefully in the still chilly air in Scotland as if they want to be able to hide away with the next frost, which will come without doubt. #CityTripping
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  7. I was laughing when I read your first sentence, 10 times in Japan but no Sakura. No wonder you took so many shots of the cherry blossoms 🙂

    The cosplayers I saw wore clogs! and all of them sport different hair colour.
    First time “hanami” for me too 🙂

    cheers, Andy
    SengkangBabies

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Unbelievable right. How can I go to Japan so many times but never once coincided with sakura season. I blame it on Singapore school holidays.

      The cosplayers are just super on. I got to say the level of cosplaying in Singapore is much higher now compared to 15 years ago, based on what I saw at GBTB.

  8. mummybean says:

    The flowers were really so gorgeous! I went last Saturday and it was crowded but I don’t regret going. Haha re your categories! The dark pink ones are peach blossoms and the large ones are tulip magnolias 🙂

  9. Phoebe says:

    I always thought you have seen the Sakura since you have visited Japan so many times! It’s our first seeing the flowers too and they are so pretty! Too bad we missed the cosplayers.. my 2 kids are so into Japanese anime. I’m amazed that the staff allowed them to touch the flowers as I saw them walking to many visitors not to do so..hehehe

    Phoebe
    BPDGtravels
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  10. Just gorgeous, I like how they made the display a Janaese garden – really enhanced your beautiful photos.
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    • bumblebeemum says:

      Yes, I was really impressed by the Japanese garden set up. That’s what I love about Gardens by the Bay. It wasn’t just about planting the flowers but putting up a display with decorations to enhance the experience. Like how they put up clogs and windmills during Tulipmania – which is coming up next!

  11. It is looking gorgeous and I have already missed the chance to see this beauty.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Dear, would like to ask is there any timed-entry for you to enter the dome ?

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