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dance + cultural = japanese

salam~waaah..as i already mentioned in my previous entry, it is very hard to keep blogging every week~the least i can do is keep on posting an entry a month (at least)..hehehe..can’t imagine it has already been a month since my last post here.ngeee~well, umm..for the past few weeks, i have been quite busy-or been to many places and meeting new bunch of cool and nice peoples~and that excites me.hihi~usually i am not really good in meeting and blend in with new people, but at some time, that has to change for a better things ahead of us, doesnt it? above all, they all are a cool people (and thats including me~yeah)haha..

college things also been doing great, we have established the Landscape Society for the Landscape Department, we got our own library for students references and book with magazines, we fixed our indoor fountain and put in some greenery with the help of  indoor plants (mine is RM40, okay~). a planned trip to Penang next month and a lot more to come! eh~i got over excited over sumthing else-sorry~this entry is actually about my last week trip to 33rd Bon Odori Festival in Shah Alam. i’ve heard about the festival for some years now but i havent got the excitement to go and experience it yet. but this time around, we managed to get there, experience and enjoy it~!yeaayy~at last! ouh, before i proceed, Bon Odori is actually a festival celebrated every year in Japan, celebrated as a reminder and grateful towards anchestors but in Malaysia, it is celebrated to promote Japanese culture and it is of course more to cultural festival (unlike in Japan where it is celebrated more to spritualism). Bon Odori = Bon Dance. okay, got it? good~

people at places

people at places

we went there on Saturday at 6pm more or less. we dunno wut to expect since we never been to anything like this before. we saw a lot of people wearing kimonos and yukatas. wah-im in Japan already~kawaii desu~ouh next year we must have one for each~yeah! then we wandering around, theres a people distributing uchiya fans. after we went onto the field, there is a stage tied with lanterns and on top of it they placed a drum and theres a group of people getting ready to perform sumthing. o yeah, the stage is called ‘yagura’ if im not mistaken. a lot of people gather aroung the yagura and we sensed theres sumthing gonna happen very soon.heee~they played the drum and the kimono-wearing people or the dancers started to dance. the people around the stage started to follow the steps, proceeds counter clockwise, sumtimes inwards and outwards, throw their hands in the air. after one session ends, all clapped their hands and start waving the uchiya fans~waaaa..this is a very nice scene~

yagura

yagura

dance

dance

dancers

dancers

a lot of

a lot of

lantern

lantern

bon odori 09

bon odori 09

after a while, we got tired and we went for drink and food, not surprising, all the stalls are stuffed with Japanese-people, drink and food~hee. we dont really tot of eating and buy a drinks and fruit instead (oh and a baloon)..then we sat on the field and watch the dance and drums..people are increasing in numbers and when before the event ends, we went home early since we dun wanna stuck in any jams (strawberry and pineapple jams also included)~fuuuh..what a day. went for dinner and then went home.. tiring, dusty, hectic, claustrophobic, sweaty but fun, quality time and invaluable experience~surely we’ll be there again next year!~ 34th Bon Odori~

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3 Comments»

  Yuki wrote @

oh i’m so envy of u! i miss this year’s Bon Odori gosh! lotsa cool things u see there rite? i think i start to like japanese stuff now…by the way, love the two white-orange lanterns u captured with the dark sky as background…cute…kawaii~~~ ^^

  rifasha wrote @

don’t worry, theres always next year~hehe. yes. it was very cool~and exciting~u shud be there next year and join the dance~ngee.thanks for the support! ^_^

  Hanim wrote @

Dear, me need a favour.

I really like ur blog but i can’t put a link in my blog, simply cause u link mine as my full name- and i’m an anonymous blogger.

So could u pleeze, pretty pleeze change the name?

tq!


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