Bon Odori is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honour the spirits of one’s ancestors. In Malaysia, Bon Odori Festivals are celebrated in Matsushita Corp Stadium in Shah Alam, Selangor and in Penang. The celebration is the brainchild of Japanese Expatriate & Immigrant’s Society in Malaysia. Mind you, the traffic can be extremely terrible with groups of Kimono clad girls crossing the 4 lanes road now and then. This is the only time in Malaysia, Malaysians wear kimono in a large scale in public. Don’t forget to make a bee line in order to buy your Inari, Futomaki, Hosomaki, Chuka Iidako, Sushi and Uji Kin Toci (the Japanese Ice Kacang).
Bon Odori Festival 2012 will be held at Stadium Matsushita Shah Alam on 15/07/2012.
See you there, Minasan!!
*Minasan – everyone