Heading Bon Odori @ Shah Alam
I’ve been having this yukata for quite some time already, and only wore it like 2 times =__=” One was back during my summer stay in LA, and another time was earlier this year at a mini matsuri which i dont bother to post about.
In Malaysia, Bon Odori (or O-bon for short) is celebrated annually around July in 2 saperate places, in Shah Alam Selangor and Penang. While the origin of this festival tightly relates to Buddhism custom which is held annually to honour the deceased spirits of one’s ancestors, the Malaysian version covers a wider range of Japanese culture to be exposed/exhibit by locals ..
This is my 1st local Bon Odori, so I do not know what awaits me there at the field. My yukata might look somewhat aggressive to some, but please dont kill it with fire.
A Bon Odori Festival is also celebrated every year at Penang and at the Matsushita Corp Stadium, Shah Alam. This celebration, which is a major attraction for the state of Selangor, is the brain child of the Japanese Expatriate & Immigrant’s Society in Malaysia. In comparison to the celebrations in Japan, the festival is celebrated on a much smaller scale in Penang and Selangor (Malaysia). Here, it is less associated with Buddhism and more with Japanese culture. Held mainly to expose locals to a part of Japanese culture, the festival provides the experience of a variety of Japanese food & drinks, art and dance.
Bon Odori Festival 2009( Selangor )
Venue : Panasonic Sports Complex (formerly Matsushita Centre)
Address : Lot 4, Persiaran Perkilangan, Seksyen 21, Shah Alam,Selangor
Date : 18th July 2009 *
Time : 5pm onwards
Tickets : Free Admission
Phone : 03-2274 2274 (Japanese Club of KL)
Free Shuttle Bus from Shah Alam KTM Station to Matsushita Stadium is provided.
Things to Take Note
● Strictly no smoking except for designated areas.
● No high-heels allowed in the dancing field.
● Guests are advised to car pool to the stadium due to limited car parks.
● NO COSPLAYING. Respect the Japanese culture and tradition please
While I have experience wearing yukata for 2 times, I never wore a 3inch Obi/slash before(the big slash with 5stripes in the pic). This page provides a very good tutorial on how to tie a men’s obi. BareBear in mind that womens obi is different as they are bigger and have big ribbons.
Stay tune for pics (◕ ◡ ◕)