Today is one of my favourite festivals in Penang – the Japanese Bon Odori festival. (And this is my 100th blog post.)
Some years it rains – so a small fold up umbrella could be handy.
A big problem is parking if you go by car. And an even bigger problem is actually driving home as there is a monumental traffic jam. Of course, you can leave early, but then you miss the fireworks, which are really good.
I would suggest parking further away, between your home and the festival, and walking for a few minutes – as Malaysians hate walking you will find a space much more easily, and you will avoid the worst of the traffic jam.
You could try catching a bus, but whether they will be running returning home I don’t know. And whether taxis will be available or hard to find, again, I don’t know.
I will try to catch a bus there, and walk back home – unless I happen to spot a bus.
***FREE Shuttle Bus will be provided from Jetty and Komtar every 20 minutes from 6.00pm-12.00am**** according to the programme, but this is not a lot of use if you live on the island.
Here, after the programme and Japanese text, are a few photos from previous years, followed by photos I took at today’s festival – as long as I have a good enough signal to upload them.
何年か、それが雨が – 非常に小さい傘は便利かもしれません。
Now quite a crowd. Last year 70,000 people attended.
The press photographers totally blocking everyone’s view of the presentations. You may have been there, but the only way you will see is if you buy tomorrow’s paper.
Well, I and a few people wanted to see, so in the end we went up to the stage too.
To buy food or drinks one had to buy coupons – one book RM20
Water was RM2, soft drinks RM3, beer RM12, food about RM8 for a small serving
And then as usual, terrible traffic after. I walked home, but inconsiderate people parked on the footpath, so I had to walk on the road sometimes.
And interestingly, for me, a lot of people had big SLR cameras, many had compact digital cameras, but the majority of people taking photos were using their mobile. But here is a photo of two people using their tablets (ipads?) to photograph or video a dance.