Once a year during springtime from mid-March to mid-April, millions of tourists flock to Japan and Korea to catch the spectacular blooming of the beautiful cherry blossoms. If you are stuck in Singapore, fret not! Here is a list of sakura-themed things to do and buy for the ultimate cherry blossom experience here on our tropical shore!
Sakura Matsuri 2019
A much-anticipated annual event held at Gardens By The Bay, this year’s Sakura Matsuri heralds the beauty of spring once again with a fairytale showcase of 30 varieties of pink and white cherry blossoms and even majestic red Torii gates!
Take a magical stroll through the Sakura Matsuri Floral Display and flood your social media with the most incredible pictures. Join in the vibrant bustle at Sakura Matsuri: Nippon Street and indulge your senses with Japanese food and products. Immerse in the wonders of Japanese culture and enjoy activities such as Japanese tea ceremonies and lively dance performances at the Sakura Matsuri: Cultural Programmes, organised jointly with Japan Creative Centre
And, it only gets better in the last weekend of March as cosplayers come together to for the Sakura Matsuri: Anime Garden. Featuring transform celebrity cosplayers, popular anisong artistes, Japanese pop culture performances, anime screenings and more, be prepared for an anime extravaganza!
Date: 9th to 31st March 2019
Venue: Various locations within Gardens By The Bay
Time: Various timings. Check out their schedule here.
Sakura Blooms Tumblers from Starbucks
Make your heart skip a beat or two with the new Starbucks Cherry Blossom collection of stainless steel tumblers, water bottles and ceramic cups! Designed with the delicate cherry blossoms in mind, this limited edition range of merchandise features flower petals in the prettiest hues of pink! Trust us, they are all so pretty that it would be a hard decision to choose just one design.
And it gets better. Four distinct coffees from around the world are combined to create the Spring Season Blend 2019, a singular, spicy, full-bodied blend that will invigorate your senses. Also, the signature Starbucks Bearista Bear gets all dressed up in a new spring outfit and is ready to go home with you.
Available from 20 February, prices for this Cherry Blossom collection start from $24.90. Say konnichiwa to springtime and liven up your daily coffee grind now!
The Sakura Lounge
Organised by Japan Rail Cafe, experience a spring like no other at the Sakura Lounge, an exciting 4-day festival inspired by the cherry blossom festivities in Japan. Japan Rail Cafe, operated by JR East themselves, is a unique dining-community-travel concept that aims to bring Japan-lovers closer through interesting events.
This year, they are organising a Hanami Party for everyone to celebrate the Sakura season right here in Singapore! Look forward to an exceptionally good time sipping frozen Kirin beers, trying out Japanese wines from the Yamanashi Prefecture and stuffing yourself with the most scrumptious Japanese delicacies. While you are there, try out their specially-concocted sparkling sakura drink and feel the taste of spring coming alive on your taste buds.
Besides good food and plenty of drinks, there will also be live performances by Singapore artistes Joie Tan, DJ Beansprouts and Joy Heng to liven up the atmosphere. Come down and join in the revelry!
Date: 20th to 23rd March 2019
Venue: Tanjong Pagar Centre’s Urban Park (Level 1), right outside Japan Rail Cafe
Time: 11am to 10pm
‘Sakura Storm’ by G-Shock
Another sakura-inspired must-have this spring season is G-Shock’s new ‘Sakura Storm’ series. We are absolutely gushing over this limited edition pink-themed series. Featuring different shades of pink that is meant to symbolise the various pink palettes of the cherry blossom flowers, each watch is also specially designed to incorporate a special mark depicting a single cherry blossom petal. How intricate!
The collection includes two classic digital models (DW-5600TCB-1JR, DW-6900TCB-4JR) and one classic analog-digital model (GA-100TCB-1AJR). With its matte black strap and a metallic pink sakura-patterned face, the swanky GA-100TCB-1AJR is love at first sight for me.
From $159 onwards, all three beautiful designs are available exclusively at G-Shock Store @ Vivo City!
Sakura Soft Serve from MOS Burger
Continue the cherry blossom affair with a delectable Sakura Soft Serve from non-other than Japanese fast food chain, MOS Burger! This indulgent treat is creamy, smooth and not too sweet, and is a perfect way to cool down in Singapore’s suffocating hot weather. Similar to the pink petals of the stunning cherry blossom trees, the pastel pink ice cream that comes in a yummy cone also makes for amazing social media pictures.
Only $2.90 a cone, get this sweet treat exclusively from their Tampines Hub and Hillion Mall outlets!
With these, we hope everyone enjoys a little of the magic of Sakura season. If you know of other Cherry Blossom-inspired events, do share them with our readers in the comments below!