My Bon Odori Experience!

Hye there! I hope you have enjoyed your weekend with the Japanese Festival - Bon Odori! You didn't go?! Why not? After many years, I had finally made my way to the Panasonic Shah Alam Stadium to attend this festival. The only thing that I can remember for that one time visit when I was about 6 or 7 years old was the yukatas and water balloons (aka boink boink).

You should really go for it, at least once, now that you are older to remember the experience and to enjoy it!

Welcome to My Bon Odori Experience!


Since the beginning of this year, I made sure that all my other plans were stirred out of the way for this event. Lucky me, as I managed to find a yukata, a month before the Bon Odori. I would sincerely love to thank Angel HalloQween Chooi to sell this beautiful piece off! And thank you Mami for helping me to wear this. 

Please do remember to watch the tutorial, on how to properly wear a yukata, before stepping out of the house, the last two things you need are wearing the yukata in the way that represents the dead or not wrapping the yukata securely.

Mami and I spent almost an hour to get it right, since we both didn't have any experience in properly putting on one, we had to try it in a few different ways. I sincerely take my hats off to the ladies that constantly wear this traditional outfit! The amount of layers that you have in there and the tight fitting obi that basically sucks you dry, you are just amazing!


The trio of the evening, Edmund Lee, Misako and me! Thank you Edmund for making this experience possible! Frankly, if I didn't follow you, I would've probably made this a one time experience, and not ever return again because of the traffic. But going there earlier and going off after the peak moment, made me realize that the crowd and traffic wouldn't be such a big deal. And Yes! I do plan to go there again!


Honestly, despite being hungry at that time, my attention was totally diverted when Edmund told me the boink boink stall was there. Who cares about eating, when one can re-live the only childhood memory of this from the festival.

To get my hands on this cuties, I paid RM5 and received two hooks. A fishing hook was tied to an insanely fragile tissue string, by which we had to use it to fish for this water balloons. Both Misako and I easily obtained this many! It was fun as it was nerve-wrecking as the tissue was getting softer by each dip into the pool. The secret technique behind this? Avoid sinking the whole string into the pool and gently pull the balloons out of the water. Don't pull up the string too fast, this causes it to easily snap! I was such a happy kid!

Right after, the whole atmosphere got hyped up from that little fishing adventure, which made Misako wanting to wear her own yukata, so we went on a little shopping spree. Luckily for her, she found the yukata that she really liked! I am very sorry dear, for wrongly tying the yukata on you!! Seriously, my coordination is so bad, till I wrapped it on the opposite side for her despite using my own yukata as a reference. Thankfully, Emelia and Yuanying spotted the mistake and they helped her to fix it. Gomenasai~~~~~

Just realized, I didn't take a picture of all of us together when we were fully dressed up. Anyways, that's Emelia (left) and Yuanying (right).

A few moments later, it was already time for the Bon Odori Part 1! I was excited and yet very much nervous to dance along. I guess I was afraid of making a mistake and embarrassing myself, but then when I saw the crowd, it didn't really matter, as everyone else were also trying to follow the steps.


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Please don't laugh, I was really trying hard to follow the steps.

I managed to dance in all three sessions! By the final round, many visiters joined in the last Bon Odori dance. It was even more fun then! You could see and feel that everyone was giving their best to enjoy the moment. A joyful and harmonious moment it was.

I also bumped into some friends along the way! Really sorry for not being able to take pictures with all of you that I met during the event.








This time around, I didn't manage to take as many pictures, as I was purely enjoying the experience of participating in the ceremony. Probably for my next visit, I will document it more neatly?

It was definitely refreshing for me, as I was able to open up myself to a different culture and explore their tradition.

See you around for the next Bon Odori!!
さようなら~~~~~~ 注意してください!












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52 comments:

  1. Aww... I was late to the festival after sending my cousin bro's flight. Really hope that I can enjoy the event. Anyway, just a suggestion, really need to drop by Bon Odori Penang as this festival that held there is more traditional and fun yo. ^.^

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    1. I saw the banner, but it's clashing with my Standard Chartered Marathon babe... T.T plus I don't have the cash yet to travel upwards... :P

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  2. I wish i was there! BUt i don't think i can fit in my yukata already with a 8mths baby bump hehehehe

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    1. But I think you can fit, since yukata are naturally big. but then again, come to think of it, I have not seen a lady wearing a yukata when she is preggy... hurmmm...now this makes me wonder...

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  3. omg! i love your outfit! i've been there few years back.. the dance part was definitely the best part.. and of course the fooddddd!! yummss!

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    1. I didn't get to try that many food though...

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  4. You ladies look so lovely and dainty in your kimono. What an event! I wished I was able to go too.

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    1. where are you based at dear? Thank you thank you

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  5. I am now regreting letting my yukata go...I had one but thought since I never quite use it here, I sold it off....

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    1. Go buy back a new one kak...next year the whole blogging community we gather... ^^

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  6. Love your purple kimono. You look so gorgeous! Experience as many things you can Yana...while you still young. Great experience.

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    1. thank you so much Cindy! Yes, I don't want to have any regrets anymore.

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  7. Konichiwa!! Love the kimino, you look so cute in it.
    Hope I won't miss next year's bon odori again.

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    1. I will try to my best to remember to remind you to go for it..hehehhe

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  8. You're so pretty! Love your contact lens. :)

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    1. Thanks you dear..I got the lense from supermodel secrets.. ^^

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  9. kawaii! You look so pretty in kimono! I miss going Bon Odori

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    1. we should go next year together... ^^

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  10. You looks gorgeous in your kimono!! Can bring me along next time !!

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    1. Thank you darling...definitely!!! next year we one whole group go ya.. ^^

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  11. beautiful! i think if i go, people will run away from me, due to my unattractiveness

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    1. I highly doubt that Isaac...as there are very less men dressed up, probably you would be the one who will gain much attention.. ^^

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  12. u look so gorgeous la babe..the last time i go bon odori was years ago!

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    1. hehehh thanks babe! omg tell me about it...the last i went was like 5 or 7 years old..can't even recall anything..except like mentioned above the water balloons..hahaha

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  13. I was there too, such a happening event with lots of people everywhere :)

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    1. omg....I could have taken a selfie with you.. T.T

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  14. I adore your purple yukata babe!!! So pretty as usual =D I'm kinda regret I miss this year Bon Odori!! Is it hot wearing the yukata for the whole event hehe.

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    1. actually it wasnt that hot dear...next year please go...heheheh want to meet up with many many people.. ^^ n thank you dear!

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  15. You look so beautiful in the Japanese traditional costume :)

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  16. babe, you look cute in Kimono and I like your look. Miss out this event and will join for nxt yrs.

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    1. will see you on that event next year then ya.. ^^ thank you betty!

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  17. Just like everyone said, you look stunning. Kawaii desu!! Glad you had a wonderful time. Wish I could have seen it.

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    1. Thank you so much Chris...when are you planning to come down to Malaysia again btw?

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  18. Awww <3 you're looking so adorable in the kimono! I have never wear any kimono, perhaps I get a chance to do so hehe

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    1. you should dear..it's really fun!! thank you dear!! muahhxx!!

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  19. Oh dear.. you look so good in the clothing 😍😍 hope can join tou next time. Hehe

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    1. I hope you do dear...wish to take lots of pics with you..and thank you dear...

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  20. You look so pretty! I would like to join festival like this once as well! Lovely photos ♡ ◠‿◠

    ♡ * Family trip * ♡

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    1. Thank you Gabrielle!! please do try to join, it's really an amazing feeling dancing with the crowd...

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  21. You look like a Japanese. Very pretty and cute.

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  22. I like these types of events. Wish I could join.

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  23. Love your outfit and what a nice event! Hope there was some nice Japanese food too!

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    1. I didn't to try out all of the food stalls, but I did had sushi...^^ it was ok...

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  24. you look gorgeous in the traditional clothing! absolutely stunning!

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  25. Great experience at bon odori.. nice kimono you're wearing!~

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    1. Thank you dear!! It definitely was..

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  26. aaaawwwwh, you look pretty in that dresss. I never knew about this kind of festival, i wish i can visit it someday! hehe

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    1. You should dear!! Prepare for the next year's one...hehehhehe

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