Catch Hello Kitty Amongst Cherry Blossoms at Gardens by the Bay this March [Extended Till 11 Apr]



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A timeless pop icon of Japan, Hello Kitty visits Sakura floral display at Flower Dome for the very first time!

Sakura Featuring Hello Kitty

Venue: Flower Dome, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Date: From 1 Mar 2021 (Extended till 11 Apr 2021)
Time: 9 am – 9 pm 
Fee: 

  • Singapore Residents: $12/adult | $8/child or senior
  • Standard: $20/adult | $12/child

The annual Sakura festival returns to Gardens by the Bay this year with a famous icon, Hello Kitty, making an appearance amongst blooming cherry and peach blossoms. 

Sakura Featuring Hello Kitty

The well-loved character appears in different settings around the floral display, including dressed in a kimono posing beside rickshaws, redesigned to match the character’s kawaii style at the Flower Field and a hanami picnic. 

Sakura Featuring Hello Kitty

Sakura Featuring Hello Kitty

Transformed into a Japanese style landscape garden featuring torii gates and elegant Japanese red-crowned cranes (tancho), the Flower Dome paints a picturesque scene this season. 

Sakura Featuring Hello Kitty

In addition to the floral display, you can also look forward to a line-up of cultural workshops and performances, though they have been scaled down this year to ensure safe distancing and better crowd control. Due to the limited capacity, you will have to pre-register for the programs online. 

Here’s a look at the Cultural Performances and Workshops organised in collaboration with the Japan Creative Centre.

1. The Way of Tea Demonstration and Workshop

The Way of Tea Demonstration and Workshop

Date: 13 – 14 Mar 2021
Time: 2 pm - 2.45 pm | 3.45 pm - 4.30 pm | 5.30 pm - 6.15 pm
Fee: $20 (Book – limited to 12 per session)

Chado, The Way of Tea is a traditional Japanese cultural activity and art. Enjoy a demonstration of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony followed by a hands-on workshop where participants make a bowl of tea.

2. Ikebana Workshop

Date: 20 – 21 Mar 2021
Time: 2 pm - 2.45 pm | 3.45 pm - 4.30 pm | 5.30 pm - 6.15 pm
Fee: $50 (Book – limited to 20 per session)

Partake in an introduction to the basics of Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging using flowers. Do note that the final product for each session may differ according to the flowers selected by the instructor for each session. Each session has a different instructor. 

3. JAS Minyo Japanese Folk Dance

JAS Minyo Japanese Folk Dance

Date: 13 Mar 2021
Time: 11 am – 11.20 am | 12.30 pm – 12.50 pm
Fee: Free (Book – limited to 100 persons)

Watch an enthralling performance by the Minyo Club of The Japanese Association, Singapore, best known for leading Singapore’s annual Bon Odori dance at their Summer Festival.

4. Hibikiya: Traditional Music and Dance

Date: 14 Mar 2021
Time: 11 am – 11.20 am | 12.30 pm – 12.50 pm
Fee: Free (Book – limited to 100 persons)

Watch Japanese drum group Hibikiya play the recognisable beat of the taiko and other traditional Japanese instruments!

5. Koto and Erhu Performance

Koto and Erhu Performance

Date: 20 Mar 2021
Time: 11 am – 11.20 am | 12.30 pm – 12.50 pm
Fee: Free (Book – limited to 100 persons)

Marvel at the lush sounds of Japanese koto and Chinese erhu in this collaborative performance by Koto Group and the Niko Dokokai of The Japanese Association, Singapore.

Image credits Gardens by the Bay 

 


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Malini Pannirselvam
Dedicated writer by day, avid reader by night, language fanatic all the time, and aunt to nieces and nephews every day

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