last saturday, gene and i went to the 32nd bon odori - 2008
this event has been going on for years and we only got to know it this year... *shrug*
it is organised yearly by the japan embassy together with japanese expatriate & immigrant's society, participants are from the international schools around kuala lumpur. the event was held at the panasonic sports complex in shah alam.
here are some snapshots of the colours and people at the event.
japanese kids, photo by alison, canon 350d
well, of couse the cutest and best subjects to shoot were kids in their cute kimonos and slippers.
girl in blue and pink kimono, photo by alison, canon 350d
happily skipping along the field oblivious to the surrounding, and me.
japanese clogs, photo by alison, canon 350d
girls wearing a modernise japanese clogs.
drums and dance, photo by alison, canon 350d
the huge crowd, photo by gene, canon 40d
the stage was set in the middle of the field, people crowd around it. by 7:00pm children and teenagers performers were up on stage dancing to the beat of the drum, and soon the crowd below followed the movements. it was like swimming in a school of fish... you'll have to follow to the flow and rhythm or not be in the crowd at all. turning and clapping and circling and skipping in a slow paced manner.
the crowd, photo by alison, canon 350d
i was surprise at the massive crowd that turned out that day, how did we miss it all these years? everybody was happily dancing, apart from those snacking japanese food over at the food stalls, yum! i am sure the japanese expats were the happiest to be able to celebrate this in malaysia.
happy dancing, photo by alison, canon 350d
it was a good experience. i enjoyed the event.