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13 Aug 2015

Penang Bon Odori Festival 2015 Part 2, Penang

Penang [檳城] • 13 AUGUST 2015
This is our first time attending Penang Bon Odori Festival 2015. We were there at 5:20pm but it took us 15 minutes to look for a car park. We wanted to give up because of the rain and parking problem. Eventually we parked our car in Maybank Union multi level car park and took a slow walk with umbrella to the Esplanade.

The Penang Bon Odori Festival 2015 attracted approximately 50,000 spectators to Padang Kota Lama (Esplanade) in George Town, Penang. Japanese and locals alike dressed up in multicoloured traditional Japanese garment, yukata, and some even took the time to cosplay, dressing up like their favourite anime characters. 

In Japan, the Bon Odori festival is held to pray for the repose of their deceased ancestors. In Penang, the festival celebrates cultural exchange and mutual bonds between Penang and Japan. Many local and Japanese stall also opened their booths at the food bazaar including Sushi King, Ginza Japanese Restaurant, and Yakult. So many delicious food to eat. 

The festival was also graced by the consul-general of Japan Ryuji Noda; consul-general of Indonesia Taufiq Rodhy; consul-general of Thailand Ekajit Kraivichien; and state exco for tourism development Danny Law Heng Kiang.

It is organised by a joint committee consisting of the Penang State Tourism Development Office, the Consulate-General of Japan in Penang, Malaysian Japanese Society, Penang Japanese Association, Japan Graduates’ Association of Malaysia (Northern Branch), Penang Japanese Language Society, and the Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship.

Date: 25 July
Time: 6.00pm to 11.00pm
Venue: Esplanade, Penang
*Fireworks display at 10pm

All the articles above credited to TheMalaysianInsider

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