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Sakura Matsuri Floral Display 2019 at Garden By the Bay

Whoever are into Japanese Culture will look forward to the cherry blossom season in Japan.  We chose the easy way and visited the nearest cultural appreciation event at Garden By The Bay, Singapore. A three day affair designed to educate, explore and sightsee Japan's popular festive that gathers family and friends for delightful pinics underneath the swaying of cherry blossom trees; mesmerizing music plays from the backdrop infused by a pleasing fragrance drifting from the cluster of flowers. The highlight for this year was the Torri gate walking beneath the huge, red pillars while vivid cherry blossom makes a splendour canopy, strolling across a traditional ember-tone wooden Hirosaki Castle bridge inspired in Aomori. A simplistic teahouse set in the middle of the flower field, a Japanese themed Pavilion as well as peeking into circular windows to admire a series of self-contained structures. There are over 400 sakura trees implanted the extravagant showcase; a simple five-petal cherry blossom as well as double cherry blossom that appears in varying sizes and vivid tone of fuschia colours. 

Allow me to showcase you Sakura Matsuri Floral Display 2019, one of the occassion that has my focal point and immersing myself within the atmosphere of blooming blossoms; traditional garnish which makes one marvel at the allure. My journey as usual takes longer living at the furthest end of the sunny island has its own setback hence being up early and packing up my necessities beforehand. Heaving a sigh of relief when my feet steps into the flower dome as the cooling air between 23 degree celsius - 25 degree celsius to accomodate the range of florals within the wide globe but also soothes my warmth skin from outdoors. The adorable view of a pair of doll couple adorn in flowers greeted everyone. 

A samurai couple

A flock of crowds gathers around the blissful samurai couple for a photo session although I circled my way toward a dormitory without glancing at the scenery because a better idea of literally molding as one sounds much perfect in my head. Time to adorn myself in a pretty summer yukata when it was time for a stroll peaceful although the gaggle of people said otherwise but there's a fun catch for this year, you are allowed to dress up as a samurai if only I had noticed sooner. A section was closed in for viewing of the sakura flowers flown in by Japan and Europe even though my excitement dwindles due to the lack of embellishment compared to my past visit that of which captured my attention. Nonetheless, I took the initiative to study further before giving my out the final verdict. 

Looking at the florals from behind the lenses of my Nikon camera one has to agree that it definitely calms your senses. Often, loose petals rain upon whomever standing beneath the awning of white and pink cherry blossoms and a wave of awestruck voices drift across by both tourists and locals mingling together. I was quite lucky to be one of them when it rained down on my stunt feature truly a magical experience for me. 

A pink and white petal blossom

Straight out of a sappy romatic drama scenario, the flowers create a whimsical ambience whereas gaggle of photographers attempts to brave the swarm of beings to capture a better picture of each blooms upclose. Waddling in my yukata, packing two bags and a camera in hand was not an easy task while maneuvering in and out. As mid-afternoon approached, my lethargic body crave for supplements thus I venture inside the dormitory, yet again, after a little decision making my pallete hungers for pieces of kaarage chicken as well as delicious mouth-watering donuts. During at this time, I came across a sweet individual as we spontaneously hit off with about chattering she bought several gifts for her family that of which included an aesthetically pleasing liquor infused with a cherry blossom; a jelly and daifuku that was also cherry blossom flavour. She was kind enough to let me take several pictures of her little purchase while cooing at how adorable the packages represented. 

A stall selling liquors and savouries infused with cherry blossom flavour

The two of us banded together resuming with our excursion at this point we manage to take better pictures aiding one another while rejoicing with each other's companionship. She was a great sport, laughing alongside, pointing at different locations where it was most suited for a quality pose. I could not have asked for a better partner during that moment and if you are reading this, I want to thank you for being awesome. 

Resembling a pair of flailing salmon fish fighting against the current, we battle through with a glee smile for once not mindful by the number of people towards the Marumado windows displaying each edifice of Japanese abode and teahouses. An open window for anyone who wishes to capture Instagram worthy pictures as some reminiscences familiar territories while the workmanship was absolutely stunnng. 

I applaud at their patience for painstakingly creating a miniature version of each landscape

By then, I had toured the entire attraction with my newfound friend beside me it was time for me to head back home. Bidding the cherry blossom occasion a melancholy farewell I took off for the long and arduous traverse back to my little community. Once again, I as lucky to have the opportunity to visit such a cheery festive and literally soak in with the sights and sounds of mini Japan in Garden By The Bay. 

As mentioned earlier, the verdict for Sakura Matsuri 2019 I was a little dissapointed by the lack of display apart from last year that of which was truly breathtaking and got me strolling endlessly in the esconced ceremonial ground. When that moment of me walking into the dome I sensed a crushing disatisfaction there weren't many areas for me to take splendour pictures. The expenses as usual was quite pinching but understandable. But of course, do not take my word literally since I'm sure most of those who had the chance to explore during the three day event went home with a wide beaming grin on their profile carrying gifts purchased from each stalls. Before I bid my readers a good-bye here are a few photos that was worth sharing: 

A simple white five-petal cherry blossom

This picture gives me the vibe from Edo era

If you wish to see more of pictures from the matsuri do check out my Instagram account: @blank_space_project. You can see more pictures from the current event that I shall upload soon. Thank you for taking the time out to read my blog! are you one of the visitors and if so, do share stories from your little trip and see you soon. 

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