Malaysia 40th Bon Odori 盆踊り Festival, cultural Japan annual event has ended last weekend under a rainy weather. The Festival which was held outdoor was jointly organised by The Japan Club of Kuala Lumpur, The Japanese School of Kuala Lumpur and Embassy of Japan, where this time marks the 40th time the event gathered Malaysians together.
Every year, Bon Odori 盆踊り Festival will be held at Panasonic National Sports Centre in Shah Alam and finding a parking there would be a nightmare. With us arriving at the venue around 5:30pm, we noticed two sides of the road just outside of place were already fully parked, and we have to walk 15minutes from where we parked.
Bon Odori 盆踊りis an event for everyone where family and friends can gather around to chill and dance, of course everyone is welcome to dressed up in traditional Japanese Yukata where you’ll actually see a lot of people doing so.
Below are the programme list for Malaysia 40th Bon Odori 盆踊り Festival 2016:
7:00PM － Opening Drum Performance
7:15PM － Odori Dance Part 1
7:45PM － Guest performance
8:00PM － Odori Dance Part 2
8:30PM － Wadaiko(太鼓) Performance & Malaysia Culture Dance by Guest
9:00PM － Odori Dance Part 3
Those who arrived early would hang around the mobile stores for Japanese food and drinks while waiting for the main event to be started.
Nothing beats a bowl of Kakigōri (Shaved Ice Desset) during a Summer festival!
After a short opening ceremony and speech, the main event starts and that would attract a crowd right in front of the dancing stage. Dance moves that are easy to learn and follow will be introduced.
The dance would continue until around 8:30pm before the arrival of Sultan of Selangor and Minister of Selangor. Wadaiko (太鼓), a Malaysia traditional dance and a series of performance took part after that.
Every year in Japan, Bon Odori 盆踊り is held during the Bon Week of Summer and people will gather around and dance the famous Bon Dance also known as 盆踊り(Bon Odori). Over the years, there are many Japanese who arrived in Malaysia as an Expat, and this is one thing the Japanese people would stick to in order to keep one of their traditions at heart. Check out more pictures at the end of the post!