Believe it or not, after going to Japan more than 10 times, I have never seen cherry blossoms (sakura) before in my life.
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?
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.
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!
Blossom Beats is a limited-time only floral display happening now (and not for long) at the Flower Dome.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Moving on to the flowers. I was there to flower-watch, not people-watch!
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.
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.
So I came up with my own classifications.
The weeping sakura
The sticking-up sakura
The curly-vine sakura
The dark pink sakura that I’m not even sure if they were sakura
The oversized sakura that I doubt are sakura
And my super most favourite..
The puffy sakura
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.
But yeah. The rest of us better keep our fingers away from the plants. Unless you want the staff hollering down at you.
Besides the cherry blossoms, the other thing I super loved about Blossom Beats were the Japanese features.
They made super nice backdrops for the sakura!
I could get away with telling people that I actually went to Japan.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Bring a jacket. It was pretty cold in the Flower Dome when I was there.
- Avoid the long weekend if possible. It will be insanely crowded, that I can assure you.
- 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.
- 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.
- Use OCBC credit card for 15% discount.
Information on Blossom Beats:
Date: 11 March – 27 March 2016
Time: 9am – 9pm Daily
Venue: Gardens by the Bay, Flower Dome
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