Monday, 11 July 2011

35th Bon Odori celebration at Shah Alam

It's BON ODORI FESTIVAL time again!
Let's get immersed in some Japanese culture by meeting up at Shah Alam - Panasonic Sports Complex/Kompleks Sukan Negara (Also known as Matsushita Stadium) this SATURDAY 16 July, 2011!

Let's MEET AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE @ 5.30pm. Come early for parking. Do call each other and car-pool. There will be lots of cars & bus loads of people coming. Do BEWARE of your belongings - phones, cameras, wallets.. AND BRING LOTS OF FUN & LAUGHTER ..

Do post a comment to let us know who's coming!




  
BON ODORI
The Bon Odori Festival is back! Bon Odori is a Japanese Buddhist custom which is held annually to honour the deceased spirits of one's ancestors. It is meant to be a joyful celebration, bringing families together, and celebrating rather than mourning the lives of the dearly departed.  It is now celebrated overseas too (Argentina, Brazil, China, USA & Canada)  and people gather to learn these folk dances before the event so that everyone can dance along. it's a way to foster ties & friendship & appreciation of Japanese culture.

In Malaysia (KL, Penang & Johor), the celebration is more geared toward celebrating the Japanese culture rather than Buddhism. Come and experience the real Japanese matsuri atmosphere, and indulge yourself in the amazing variety of food, drinks and dance.

ADMISSION IS FREE but pls make sure you have transport to go back! The place gets pretty dark, once the event is over and everyone leaves!

Please respect the Japanese culture by NOT turning up in your cosplay costume. No high heels on the field as well as no smoking in designated areas. Enjoy!

Check out the date - very retro!
JAPANESE FOLK DANCE
This is one of the dances we can ALL DANCE along, even if you have 2 left feet. Who's watching! All 20,000 will be busy dancing :)

I think this is O-he Sama (Mr Sunshine).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vtV7Vbmjqs

This dance brings back wonderful memories. It's a folk dance. If memory serves me right this is Dai Tokyo Ondo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocxlkRKzoa4&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7NW3dxFRwQ&feature=related
We can learn some of the steps from these videos clips. This is the Harvest dance, I think. Learned all these dances >15 years ago.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLuGRcMNRMA&feature=related


My first Bon Odori visit!

For Bon Odori, the Japanese community will turn up in summer YUKATA's (a simpler version of the Kimono).  With some luck you may find some at Eco-cent$ as it is selling like hot cakes

In case, you are curious, here's HOW TO WEAR A YUKATA (Part 1 & 2). It may seem elaborate compared to our modern dressing BUT do appreciate the care and attention to details, a trait we should maybe cultivate...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCZtGi21ysM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEGSemM222g&feature=related

HOW TO FOLD & STORE A YUKATA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGgBJQSOjLI&feature=related

Let's not leave out the men -  HOW TO WEAR A MEN'S YUKATA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3atbmNv8Uqw&NR=1

It's probably TOO LATE to order now, but i just founda Malaysian website selling Yukata Sets
- yukata, obi & geta
http://mydreamcottage.com/category.php?id_category=27

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