Who doesn’t love Japanese culture? I’m sure I do and my older sister, Sharlou, loves it too. I love Japanese not just because Japan is the origin of my favorite animes and that cherry blossoms are rampant in the country but because the Japanese culture is simply amazing.
Photo from Bon Odori’s Facebook main event page
Every summer in Japan, they have this festival called Bon Odori which refers to a dance held during Obon to commemorate the Japanese’s ancestor’s spirit. Last year, the Japanese Bon Odori Summer festival was held at the Sugbo Grounds in SRP.
Here’s a good news for kawaii lovers like me. This year’s Bon Odori Summer festival will be held earlier than last year. The festival will be held on May 27 – May 28, 2017, still at the Sugbo Grounds in the South Road Properties that will start at 3 PM. This will be the fourth Bon Odori event to be held in Cebu. There is an entrance fee of Php 20.00 for those who wants to experience the festival.
The festival will not only celebrate the commemoration of the Japanese’s ancestor’s spirits but also celebrate the bond and friendship of Japan and Philippines. It is mainly held to bring experience and expose the locals to a Japanese culture that they will surely love.
Fun Activities at Bon Odori Summer Festival
The Bon Odori festival will be a two-day festival full of fun activities like live Mochi (Japanese rice cake) making, a Karate demo, Cosplay contest, Yukata (Japanese kimono) contest, and a lot more. Aside from the variety of fun activities, there are stores that sell cute souvenirs and food stalls that offer a taste of Japanese. There are Japanese performers that will articulate Japanese art and dance.
My sister in her yukata costume during the Bon Odori 2016
The event will end with a grand fireworks display, always my favorite part of any event.
If you want to be part of the festival by selling your crafts like my older sister did, you can contact them through Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (032) 2314433 (Monday-Friday, 11am-6pm) or you can click here and send them a message.
Mark your calendars now and let us meet each other on the Bon Odori Festival this May! See you there!
Oh, and don’t forget to visit my sister’s booth, too!
My sister’s booth last year selling cute Japanese paper dolls
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