East meets West at the Bellagio’s new Japanese spring exhibit

Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto. Yep, that’s pretty much the extent of our Japanese too. But that didn’t stop the Bellagio Conservatory from sending their design team more than 5,000 miles away to study the gardens of Tokyo and Kyoto. For the first time in their history, they’ve chosen to feature a Japanese-inspired display for their new spring exhibit.

26-foot-tall Japanese temple inspired by Kyoto's famous Golden Temple

While it’s no surprise they’ve managed to knock it out of the park once again, there are two new additions to look out for. Live Japanese music will be performed on a floating platform every day from 4:30p.m. to 6 p.m. and there is a new installation by Japanese sculptor Masatoshi Izumi right outside the hotel’s main entrance.

Wind, fire, water and land columns in the Masatoshi Izumi outdoor installation

“A Gift From the Earth” has nearly 14-foot-tall basalt columns, which is a neat name for lava that has cooled on the surface of a volcano, representing the elements: wind, fire, water and land. Izumi spent 18 months hand-carving the four native Japanese stones that range from 17,000 to 27,000 pounds each. Let’s just take a moment to appreciate the fact that we didn’t have to be there when they opened the crates to see if they were all intact.

Japanese-inspired tea house and raked sand garden

The free spring exhibit, which is on display until May 11, showcases more than 82,000 flowers including snapdragons, daffodils, tulips and bonsai trees. Water features accompany replicas of traditional Japanese cultural elements like a Shoji screened temple, tea house and raked sand gardens.

While it’s a little hard to find your zen with a handful of screaming toddlers and elbowing picture snappers, we can imagine it’d be kinda peaceful if you were there at the right time. Say, 7 a.m. on a Tuesday before the rest of Las Vegas stumbles in.

Fun Facts

82,830 flowers will be used during the exhibit
15,000 fresh cut flowers are used to create the crane and turtle
There are more than 21 types of flowers in the display
12,000-16,000 pounds of pebbles are used in each flower bed
There are 21,000 gallons of water in the koi pond
35 hand-painted parasols hang from the ceiling
The grand cherry blossom tree is 18 feet tall and 20 feet wide with 300 one-of-a-kind blossoms

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