The Penang Bon Odori Festival 2016 is this coming Saturday.
One of my favourite festivals is coming up this Saturday:
Date: Saturday 25 July
Time: 6.00pm to 11.00pm
Venue: Esplanade, Penang
Fireworks display at 10pm
In two more weeks we have the Penang Bon Odori Festival:
Date: 20th July 2013
Time: 6.00pm – 11.00pm
About previous Bon Odori festivals.
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.
Checking my blog statistics I was very surprised to note that I had such a large number of visitors today. And the majority were from Japan.
I don’t know why. I haven’t written about Japan, or in Japanese. I did write about Korean food, though.
So, I will mention a couple of things concerning Japanese. Tomorrow, Sunday 25th March there is a Japanese theme at the monthly Upper Penang Road market.
A lot of Japanese do live in Penang. More Japanese took up the MM2H visa than any other nationality last year. And many live here on tourist visas for part of the year, and live in Japan for the rest of the year.
Otherwise, my favourite Japanese restaurant here is Miraku, in the G Hotel on Gurney drive. Miraku details. But for all you can eat salmon sashimi, then the E&O lunch buffet is probably impossible to beat.
And my favourite Japanese event of the year is the Bon-Odori festival, held around mid- July.
A couple of photos from last year’s event.