The St. Regis Doha is to present ‘The St. Regis Cherry Blossom Festival’ from 19 April to 25 April 2015.

The festival includes a line-up of education, fashion, food and arts activities inspired by the Japanese culture. Director of Marketing, Leanne Mills, said:

This programme has been meticulously developed and choreographed between multiple teams in Qatar and Japan. In addition to around 25 Japanese ladies and children getting involved, we’re also delighted that two local Qatari designers have taken an interest through our joint connections with The Luxury Network.’

The St. Regis Cherry Blossom FestivalThe Cherry Blossom Festival kicks off with a Kimono show of traditional fashion for women through the ages on 19 April 2015.

Asma Sckali and Safia Al Qahtani have independently collaborated with the teams at The St. Regis Doha, the Japanese Embassy and The Luxury Network to prepare and show a unique collection of abaya designs with heavy influences from Japanese culture and couture.

HE Ambassador of Japan to Qatar Shingo Tsuda said:

This Festival provides an opportunity for the people of Doha to experience a variety of Japanese cultural elements and the Embassy of Japan in Qatar is pleased to see such events happening through the initiative of St. Regis Hotel Doha. We wish success to all the activities at the St. Regis this week.’

Following the Fashion Show, on 20 and 21 April 2015, the renowned Japanese artist, Takeshi Ohbayashi returns to Jazz at Lincoln Center Doha with Takuya Kuroda, a trumpeter and composer, to celebrate his homeland.

Every day from 2:30 pm, Sarab Lounge at The St. Regis Doha will be serving a special afternoon tea, and on 22 and 23 April 2015, we will be hosting an ‘Ikebana’ flower-arranging lesson followed by a Chakai ‘Japanese tea’ performance, by the wife of His Excellency Yukio Kitazume, the former Ambassador to Qatar from 2007 to 2010. Hiroko Kitazume was previously very active in the Doha community organising and taking part in cultural events including Ikebana, Tea Ceremonies and Kimono fashion displays, and she has flown from Tokyo to play a very central role in the festival week’s events.

Throughout the festival, Astor Grill will be decked out in cherry blossom to ensure diners feel the full experience of the festival and will be serving a special Japanese menu.

On 24 April 2015, the famous St. Regis Friday brunch will adopt a decidedly Japanese theme, with delicate morsels of Japanese cuisine on the menu.

Closing the week’s festivities, on Saturday 25 April 2015, the Japanese School of Doha students will delight and entertain the Cherry Blossom family picnic crowd with their drumming demonstration.