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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Bon Odori 2011

Obon (お盆?) or just Bon (?) is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the departed (deceased) spirits of one's ancestors. This Buddhist custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors' graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori. (wikipedia)

Every year Malaysia practices their own Bon Odori Festival in places such as Selangor and Penang, whilst many come to see this honorable festival, i have never been to one considering how much of a pro-Jap guy I claim myself to be but all this changed as i got a chance to visit Bon Odori 2011. 

While many are off to Urbanscape and a little even up at G tower, i headed out to Bon Odori with my lovely girlfriend Tham Hui Min who came back from Kampar to teman me since she has been there before, we headed to the venue about 6pm and it was already packed and we had to park about 4 KM away and walk to the Matsushit Sports Centre. The walk was quite tiring but as soon as reached the area (despite many of friends claiming it to be boring and waste of time) I was very shocked to see such a huge amount of crowd!

Maybe it's just my first time and also I too feel that maybe the whole concept of Bon Odori is not reached to many of the people there but it was still very nice to see families bringing young and old here, there were stalls set up selling food and drinks at a higher price ( quite normal la) but the most important thing that should be aware of is the cultural dance that was performed in the center stage as the presenter urge the crowd to follow the steps that was performed by those on stage if was quite nice to be able to be a part of it as I too dance and of course it was for the honor of past ancestors.

Pictures above not so clear, too busy doing the cultural dance, I had a great experience with it and although the crowd was really quite huge and it was really packed but i kinda felt nice being a part of it. I will come back every year if possible just to participate in the dance. 

The theme for this year was " Arigatou Malaysia" as a token of gratitude of the help and support Malaysians have given the Japan community during the Earthquake few months back. 

That's my girl~ 
Nitez peeps. pew pew pew tmrw!


Happy walker said...

nice Bon Odori events ~ walking here with a smile.. have a nice day ~ =D

Regards, (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..

Isaac Tan said...

That's your girl! Woot! XD
packed, but should be fun right? :)

Why you never wear the japanese headband, then can shout banzai!! LOL

Unknown said...

nice, your girl worn yellow!

Stephanie Ee said...

I was there =D I should go there with yukata on next year.. Hehehe

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