盆踊り2007

Posted: July 14, 2007 in Family Time

This is the 2nd time the Kids are at the annual Bon Odori Festival organized by the Panasonic people, the Japan Club + School + Embassy and the Selangor State Government. 

And just like the last time, it was crowded to the MAX. 

Fully forewarned by past experience (Aba and Ama are 6th-timer veterans) that some 30,000 people were about to descend onto a football field to observe (if not actually participate in) some Japanese dancing and culture, the Family arrived early (around 5pm) for this year’s Summer Festival. 

We got a proper parking space near the stadium, and made our way to the assorted Japanese food stalls inside to fill up on Tako Yaki, grilled chicken and squid in teriyaki sauce, Japanese junk food, and cold drinks (Asashi beer for Aba!). 

The Family sat down picnic style to sample the food stuff while waiting for the traditional dances to begin. 

There were loads of Japanese families in kimono or yukata around, though a surprising large number of Malaysian showed up in traditional Japanese garb as well. 

Every year, it seems more Malaysians are getting costumed-up (most of ‘em girls). One of those ‘girls’ was our very own May! 

May was definitely one of the ‘main’ attractions around where we were picnicking – there were countless surreptitious photos – taking of her throughout the event. 

Around 7pm, the drums finally started, and the familiar (at least to Aba and Ama) dance-around-the-football-field-thingy began. 

At the centre of the field was a large platform where the drummers and dancers (boys and girls in Japanese garb) demonstrated the dance moves for any who would follow them. And there were a lot of followers… 

Aba tried to get May to dance, but she was only interested in the large helium balloon that Aba bought for her at one of the stalls. 

Jern and Sarn were a little scared of the ‘familiar’ drum music, and clung hard to Ama and the water balloon yoyos that Aba had bought for them. 

After the 1st part of the Festival ended, the Family got ready to leave. 

Part 2 would be more of the same, and the traffic jam would be a little worse than TERRIBLE when the Festival actually ended (at least in Aba and Ama’s past experience). 

On the way back, Ama ‘forced’ May to take photos with several Japanese children. Actually, those kids were also forced to take photos with May by THEIR parents! 

And then it was back to home!  

Phew! 

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Comments
  1. 1+2mom says:

    After married we dun dare to go, very scare of crowded and traffic jamp some more with the kids..very scare scare.

    But it is a very nice show and a best time for 亲子关系.

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  2. Yuki says:

    so fun!!! I wish I could go…

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  3. wong says:

    1+2mom, go to the festival is the last thing that Aba wants to do for 亲子关系 😦

    yuki, guess your ‘side’ one got more fun huh 😉

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  4. eveのmum says:

    cute May, the twins doesn’t have one?
    where u buy the yukata? Japan/Malaysia?

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  5. wong says:

    eveのmum, May’s one bought from Isetan, KLCC (expensive!!).
    Couldn’t find one for the Twins, and have asked their ‘契妈’ to buy one from Japan (for next year?!). 😉

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  6. eveのmum says:

    sure she will say yes!!! hehe…

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