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Meet the Cherry-Blossom Festooned Kumi by Akira Back

[Photos: Chelsea McManus]

Drape yourself in cherry blossoms. Here's a look inside the 10,000-square-foot Kumi by Akira Back, the chef's second restaurant at Mandalay Bay. Find a bar decked out in traditional Japanese symmetrical patterns melding shades of cobalt blue and white. Rather than a conventional bar display, beverages find a home in traditional Japanese jewelry cases.

Wander into the main dining room for a taste of natural woods, hammered steel accents and touches of red lacquer. Look up to find calligraphy in gold leaf balanced against a matte black background. Scattered about the dining room are tabletops in organic materials paired with lounge chairs finished with pieces of authentic kimono fabric in blue and white. Custom-made light fixtures made with glittering lights and woven candlestick chandeliers light the room.

A sushi bar outfitted in glazed cobalt blue tiles in a scalloped pattern was inspired by looks found in Japanese homes. And the coup de grâce, the back rotunda, painted with giant interpretations of cherry blossom trees.

Take a look inside.
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Kumi Japanese Restaurant + Bar

3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV