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Bon Odori back in Malaysia this September!

All you fans of Japanese culture, get ready – the annual Bon Odori is coming back with a bang!

Below are the details:

Event: The 38th Bon-Odori 2014
Venue: Kompleks Sukan Negara, Shah Alam
Date: 20 September 2014 (Saturday)
Time: 5pm

The event is supported by The State Government of Selangor. It is open to the public and admission is free. Those who wish to attend may take the shuttle bus from KTM Shah Alam, which will take visitors straight to the venue.

Bon Odori is celebrated in Japan every summer. The Japanese believe that their ancestors’ spirits visit them once a year, hence the reason for celebrating it with a Bon Odori festival. 

The highlight of the festival is of course the Bon Dance, which will be divided into three parts. There will also be drum performances throughout the festival, as shown in the tentative below. 

PROGRAMME (Tentative)
19:00 Opening – Drum Performance by Japanese School Students
19:15 Bon‐Odori Dance Part 1
19:45 Japanese Dance Performance by Japanese Traditional Dance Group
20:00 Bon‐Odori Dance Part 2
20:30 Japanese Drum Performance “Wa Daiko” – by Sho 翔
20:45 Guest Performance by Tourism Selangor
20:55 Bon‐Odori Dance Part 3
21:25 Closing Address

Visitors to such festival usually wear kimono or yukata, a more casual summer kimono. However, as most Malaysians generally do not have either hanging in their closet, visitors in jeans and T-shirts are very much welcomed too.

Remembering to bring extra cash as you will need them to purchase the local and Japanese snacks sold by the vendors at the event.

While we wait for the day of the festival to roll by, let’s look through some of the photos from past years’ Bon Odori:

The Japanese drums used in the performances.

Bon Odori in Malaysia gets a big number of visitors yearly.

Visitors come dressed in traditional Japanese clothes and casual clothes.

Fashion fusion - the meeting of two cultures in one beautiful getup. [Photo credit: The Star]

Come and get your sushi at the portable sushi bar! [Photo credit: cj.my]

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