Bon Odori 32nd fest 2008

My third time visit! Last year in the news, there were a number of 30,000 visitors expected to attend. I wonder how many have turned up for this year’s event because the crowd was definitely MASSIVE!! compared to the year before.

Bon Odori (Bon dance), which is similar to Cheng Beng festival, is a Japanese Buddhist custom dated back 500 years ago and celebrated religiously in Japan. The festival is held to honor the departed spirits of one’s ancestors.

In Malaysia, Bon Odori is celebrated every year around mid-July (organized by Japan Club of Kuala Lumpur) in Selangor and Penang, where it serves as an informal cultural-exchange event between Malaysia and Japan. This festival includes a traditional dance circling around yagura, where drum performers are staged together with graceful dancers dressed in yukata.

A fun, sweaty, public event, no doubt. A heaven for avid photographers out there. But also a place where foods and drinks sold in cut-throat prices. Perhaps the only place where you get to see people dressed in pajamas and clubbing gears and goth costumes even, other than sleepover parties or places like Sungei Wang plaza. And all you get home free as a token of appreciation for attending the event is some sponsored plastic fan. Or two, depending how much you’re willing to beg the volunteers to get. Something tells me that I won’t be be attending this event every year for long. The hype is picking up.

Yagura

Yagura

Picnic evening

Yukata girls

Dusk break

Into the night

performers

crowd

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10 responses to “Bon Odori 32nd fest 2008

  1. O.o never bring me!

    But the crowd looks scary to me @.@

  2. Day-dreamer,
    I’d almost choked myself out of breath in the midst of such madness. want me to bring you there next year? 😛

  3. shit!!! y my ass in ur blog!!!

  4. Kkjm,
    nyek nyek nyek… ;-P

  5. how come no one blogged abt it BEFORE the event wan???
    đŸ˜Ļ

  6. wah…u take the couple photo….ur fren? Can’t expect u took the photo…anything changes on u? Long time didn’t contact..miss u ya!

  7. Angeles,
    actually got lor… but many came to know about it through word-of-mouth 😉

  8. Erica,
    hahah! no worries. we’re more than friends. 😛

    changes? a whole lot! wanna catch up someday? how’s life? miss you too babe! you take care yeah?

  9. wei, where is my credits? 0_o

    the cream puff pics le? waited there like a so po juz to get the pics wo..

    and ah it is so wasted, the pics for the guest performer!
    the camera happen to be out of battery at that time and the best 2 pics of the guest performer gone! >_<

    no eating udon and dance this year.. haih.. wasted..
    next year still got, promise go dance ok???
    muahahaha XD

  10. Little devil,
    credits? owe you first. 😛

    who so po har? *knock*

    better luck next time with the guest performers 😉

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