Monday, July 19, 2010

Bon Odori, Penang 2010

If you have been following my blog or tweet, you'll know how excited I've been for Bon Odori.
I've even bought a yukata just for this special occasion. This is my 1st year attending such an event and it's held in Padang Esplanade, Penang.

Finally I get to wear the yukata (summer kimono) out.

Parking was really challenging even though we arrived at 5.20pm. There were people charging RM5 per parking as the roads were already filled with cars.

Look at the early birds.

Cold tako balls.

Food fair was alright at best. Exorbitant prices and lack of variety made it felt like an over rated pasar malam (night market).

But people still queued up and bought some.

Teriyaki chicken and squid, they were cold.

Sushi of course but quiet predictable. Not much variety.

Sushi King even had a conveyor belt there, but I never liked their quality. Even Jusco has better quality at more affordable prices.

There were yakults stores as well along with laksa, CKT and a host of Malaysian fairs Which was disappointing for me as I was expecting a total Japanese culture immersion. Perhaps I was wishing too hard?

Tables and chairs for people to eat, drink and people watch.

Me, I decided to devour my over priced cold teriyaki chicken at a shadier spot. Luckily I took the a bottle of water from the hotel we were staying at as the drinks were very expensive as well.

The mighty stage in the middle of the field.

Then suddenly,

Yes, it rained...and I didn't have an umbrella.Sigh.

So I quickly ducked in to the tents.

Pretty Origami ornaments for sale.

Beautiful kimonos for rent.

The ones you see many girls wearing here are called yukata, a summer version of kimono. That is because a real kimono has many layers. Not so good in the summer heat.

Made of thicker materials, loving the embroidery.

Then it poured even more.
Rain ,rain please go away...

Still I managed to get some shots.
Wished I had brought my umbrella like them.

Young Japanese kids getting ready for their performance.

Local Malaysians did some performances as well.

Sakana (fish ) bags.

This boy was concentrating so well catching the fishies. Not easy as the net is actually paper.

But he has lightning fast skills.

Look at the line of eager fishermens.

Here is my favorite picture, the kam yue lou (gold fish uncles) In Chinese this has a negative connotation, meaning a pheadophile. But of course I meant here in a more literall sense.

And my least favorite picture...

Lalahs...I think some of the Japanese were offended. But perhaps those pervs would be happy with the easy up-skirt access? They even had the earily high pitch voice to match.

It has already been said to wear respectably. I guess so people have no respect of others let a lone them selves.

Sadly that is all from Bon Odori. I did not stay for the night events. Perhaps next year? When I'll be prepared with an umbrella.

Want to know what I did next?
Stay tuned for more pictures of me in my yukata.

24 Comment:

MsXeRoZ Nicole said...[Reply to comment]

u r so lovely. I never knew bon odori is so fun! I think i'm gonna get a yukata for myself next year!

jfook said...[Reply to comment]

I went to the one in KL. Just updated it as well. Check it out.

M-Knight said...[Reply to comment]

I not yet attend the even year then

TOLANIC said...[Reply to comment]

Fuahh, sexy yukata?

Rolling Fumbling Thug said...[Reply to comment]

Lovely! But why no full length photo of yours? :(

Erika Toh said...[Reply to comment]

I love your yukata~ You look pretty in it! ^^ Thanks for sharing a little bit of Penang's Bon Odori with us. :D

Glo-w~* said...[Reply to comment]

@MsXeRoZ Nicole Oh do get one! it's really lovely and I think the one is Shah Alam has more Japanese culture then in Penang ^^

Glo-w~* said...[Reply to comment]

@jfook I read! so many people in yukata there^^ well so many people in general, really a sea of people! And I didn't see the banana choc desert in Penang -_-"

Glo-w~* said...[Reply to comment]

@M-Knight Do try to go for the one nxt year^^

Glo-w~* said...[Reply to comment]

@TOLANIC Yes sexy but I think should be meant for the bed room ^^

Glo-w~* said...[Reply to comment]

@Rolling Fumbling Thug OMG really! i was too busy taking pictures -_-"

Glo-w~* said...[Reply to comment]

@Erika Toh Aw thanks. I think the one in Shah Alam is better but next year I'll be going again for sure^^ perhaps that time witha bunch of girls who love cam whoring ;p

Lean said...[Reply to comment]

Dropping by ere. U look great there glow. =)

Lukey Cher Hong said...[Reply to comment]

bon odori pls come to sg!!

Dropped by from Lukey's Rantings

Hilda Milda™ said...[Reply to comment]

you looked so sweet in yukata, like japanese! seriously teehee :D

Cayenne said...[Reply to comment]

owh u wore yukata! i think it's cheaper at penang? I want to get one too!
probably the food variety was not as good as kl's but at least it's not that crowded. huhu. i hate the crowd. come to kl next year! =)

Glo-w~* said...[Reply to comment]

@Lukey Cher Hong you come back to Msia!

Glo-w~* said...[Reply to comment]

@Hilda Milda™ Sodesuka? lols...I use to learn Japanse but too long no practice so down the drain adi ;p

Glo-w~* said...[Reply to comment]

@Cayenne there are 2 online shops in Malaysia selling yukata, then Jusco has yukata fair before bon odori. but I think in KL you can find around^^ Just have to look.

Glo-w~* said...[Reply to comment]

@LeanThanks JL ^^

Kelly C said...[Reply to comment]

wow Penang bon Odori got more activities compare to KL's Bon Odori and u looks sweet in your yukata love it! =)

Glo-w~* said...[Reply to comment]

@Kelly C But the one in Shah Alam seems to have more yummy food! lols....thx, for the compliment. I think you'll look great in one too ^^

farra najieha said...[Reply to comment]

hello dear.. my name is farah and i'm 20. i just wonder where did u buy your lovely yukata? i really need 1 for my assignment next month.. or if u have 1 that really in affordable price.. can you sell 1 fo me.. really really need 1... :(

Glo-w~* said...[Reply to comment]

@farra najieha I bought mine at the jusco yukata sale. But there are yukata shops in KL as well as online malaysian blog shops. one such is

^^ or perhaps ask around if you're interested in renting.