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Okada Manila celebrates much-awaited annual Sakura Festival

By Johanna Añes-de la Cruz, The Philippine STAR Published Mar 17, 2023 5:15 pm

Spring is now upon Japan. Temperatures are rising, snow is melting, and soon enough, the cheer of spring will be all around. And there’s no better icon of springtime than the tender pink hues of sakura blooms.

We may not be able to experience the magic of gently falling cherry blossoms first-hand, with the Philippines being a tropical country, but a world-class establishment is making sure that we don’t miss out on all the fun.

Okada Manila, a Forbes five-star property, once again brings the beloved Japanese tradition of hanami or cherry blossom festival to hot and humid Manila with its annual “Sakura Festival: Hanami in the City” at the Fountain Foyer, Pearl Wing.

Guests and visitors stand to get a glimpse of why this iconic spring event is so well loved not only for its beauty, but more so for symbolizing renewed hope and new beginnings. The event promises to be a unique Filipino-Japanese take on the sakura festival, with well-curated activities, festive displays, and performances that whisk one away to the Land of the Rising Sun.

A taste of hanami in Manila

Until March 26, Okada Manila’s Fountain Foyer is a visual spectacle decked in beautiful sakura-themed decors, reminiscent of scenes in Japanese films and anime. Completing the experience are activities that highlight the best of hanami which guests can enjoy.

There’s the kimono experience where one can try on authentic kimonos or go for artistic nail art designed by Okada Manila’s very own professional nail artists.

For a fun family activity, there are activities such as Japanese fan designing, koinobori (Japanese carp flags) making, modern Japanese bag decorating, and ink painting. These activities are available daily from 1 to 9 p.m.

Another highlight is the live entertainment featuring LED fan dancers and music performances. To know more about these and more, visit

Guests who shop at Okada Manila’s The Gift Boutique can get sakura-inspired items with a minimum spend of P18,000. You may choose from umbrellas, tumblers, or notebooks, all imbued with the ephemeral beauty of cherry blossoms.

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Established in December 2016, Okada Manila stands in the Entertainment City gaming strip as the Philippines’ largest integrated resort. Dubbed as “Manila’s Grand Icon,” Okada Manila is known for its world-class facilities and outstanding service which showcases the best of Japanese hospitality and Filipino warmth. The property has been awarded the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star in its 2023 Star Awards—its fourth year of receiving the coveted accolade. For a luxurious stay, log onto

Okada Manila boasts 993 rooms, the largest gaming floor with over 3,000 electronic gaming machines, dozens of luxury stores and boutiques, a remarkable state-of-the-art dome nightclub, an exclusive indoor beach club, and one of the world's biggest multicolor dancing water fountains, making it one of the Philippines’ grand destinations.

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