ペナンの2012盆踊り – 2012 Bon Odori Festival in Penang

Today is one of my favourite festivals in Penang – the Japanese Bon Odori festival. (And this is my 100th blog post.)

You can find details and some photos here.

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.

Programme

日本の盆踊り祭りは今日ペナンで起こります。これは、ペナンで私の一番好きな祭の一つです。

ここでの詳細といくつかの写真を見つけることができます。

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。

お車で行けば大きな問題は、駐車されています。大きな交通渋滞があるとしても大きな問題は、帰宅しています。もちろん、あなたが早退することができますが、次にあなたが本当に優れている花火を、見逃す。私はあなたの家やお祭りの間、遠く駐車場、数分間歩行することをお勧めします。マレーシア人は歩いて嫌いなので、はるかに簡単にスペースを見つける、あなたは交通渋滞の最悪を避けることができます。

あなたはバスをキャッチ試みることができるが、彼らは帰国実行されるかどうか私は知らない。とタクシーは再び、見つけることが可能か難しいかどうか、私は知らない。 私はそこにバスに乗ると、家に戻って歩いていく。

ここで前の年からいくつかの写真があります。 そして、今年からいくつかの写真を私がそれらをアップロードすることができます。

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poster

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It is early.

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Opening ceremony

Japanese Consul General

the crowd is growing

Now quite a crowd. Last year 70,000 people attended.

The Chief Minister seems rather more interested in his mobile than his companion or the speech

Chief Minister’s speech

media photographers

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.

Presentation –

Well, I and a few people wanted to see, so in the end we went up to the stage too.

all the dancers together

the first performance

???

and?

coupon book

To buy food or drinks one had to buy coupons  – one book RM20

RM20 worth of coupons

Water was RM2, soft drinks RM3, beer RM12, food about RM8 for a small serving

dancing

nice costume

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Dancing

ditto

public buildings

final dance before fireworks

firework display at 10pm

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.

one of the many inconsiderate drivers totally blocking the footpath

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.

ipad photographers

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