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the Panasonic Sports Complex (formerly Matsushita Sports Complex) is part of Shah Alam .

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Yosakoi Dance

Yosakoi Dance
Made by lh tanG
A Bon Odori Festival is celebrated every year at Penang and at the Panasonic Sport Complex, Shah Alam. This celebration, which is a major attraction for the state of Selangor, is the brain child of the Japanese Expatriate & Immigrant's Society in Malaysia. In comparison to the celebrations in Japan, the festival is celebrated on a much smaller scale in Penang and Selangor (Malaysia). Here, it is less associated with Buddhism and more with Japanese culture. Held mainly to expose locals to a part of Japanese culture, the festival provides the experience of a variety of Japanese food & drinks, art and dance.

20080712 - Bon Odori 2008

20080712 - Bon Odori 2008
Made by Jeremy Tan, KL
There are other ways in which a regional Bon dance can vary. Some dances involve the use of different kinds of fans, others involve the use of small towels called tenugui which may have colorful designs. Some require the use of small wooden clappers, or kachi-kachi during the dance. The Hanagasa Odori of Yamagata is performed with a straw hat that has been decorated with flowers. - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Festival

20080712 - Bon Odori 2008

20080712 - Bon Odori 2008
Made by Jeremy Tan, KL
Some dances proceed clockwise, and some dances proceed counter-clockwise around the yagura. Some dances reverse during the dance, though most do not. At times, people face the yagura and move towards and away from it. Still some dances, such as the Kagoshima Ohara dance, and the Tokushima Awa Odori, simply proceed in a straight line through the streets of the town. - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Festival

20080712 - Bon Odori 2008

20080712 - Bon Odori 2008
Made by Jeremy Tan, KL
The dance of a region can depict the area's history and specialization. For example, the movements of the dance of the Tankō Bushi (the coal mining song) of old Miike Mine in Kyūshū show the movements of miners, i.e. digging, cart pushing, lantern hanging, etc. All dancers perform the same dance sequence in unison. - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Festival

20080712 - Bon Odori 2008

20080712 - Bon Odori 2008
Made by Jeremy Tan, KL
The way in which the dance is performed is also different in each region, though the typical Bon dance involves people lining up in a circle around a high wooden scaffold made especially for the festival called a 'yagura'. The yagura is usually also the bandstand for the musicians and singers of the Obon music. - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Festival

20080712 - Bon Odori 2008

20080712 - Bon Odori 2008
Made by Jeremy Tan, KL
Obon (お盆?) or just Bon (盆?) is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the departed (deceased) spirits of one's ancestors. Bon Odori (盆踊り, meaning simply Bon dance) is an event held during Obon. It is celebrated as a reminder of the gratefulness one should feel toward one's ancestors. - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Festival

20080712 - Bon Odori 2008

20080712 - Bon Odori 2008
Made by Jeremy Tan, KL
In Malaysia, Bon Odori Festivals are also celebrated every year in Penang and at the Matsushita Corp Stadium in Shah Alam, Selangor. This celebration, which is a major attraction for the state of Selangor, is the brain child of the Japanese Expatriate & Immigrant's Society in Malaysia. - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Festival

20080712 - Bon Odori 2008

20080712 - Bon Odori 2008
Made by Jeremy Tan, KL
Each region has a respective local Bon dance, as well as different music accompanying the dance. The music can be songs specifically pertinent to the spiritual message of Obon, or local min'yo folk songs. Consequently, the Bon dance will look and sound different from region to region. - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Festival

Bon Odori

Bon Odori
Made by lh tanG
Bon Odori (盆踊り, meaning simply Bon dance) is an event held during Obon. It is celebrated as a reminder of the gratefulness one should feel toward one's ancestors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Odori#Bon_Odori

20080712 - Bon Odori 2008

20080712 - Bon Odori 2008
Made by Jeremy Tan, KL
Originally a Nenbutsu folk dance to express the effusive welcome for the spirits of the dead, the style of celebration varies in many aspects from region to region. - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon_Festival

Friends and Rivals

Friends and Rivals
Made by -m0cha-
Participants of 4X400m L1 event. Yellow was first followed by Red then Blue and Green. Blue is the official winner of 2011 Sports Day with a big margin over Red followed by Yellow and Green.

Warming up before the Dance : )

Warming up before the Dance : )
Made by lh tanG
A group of Yasakoi Dancer on the Bon Odori Festival 2005. They were the Guest performers. This year Bon Odori celebration is on the July 14th, 2007

IMG_9354-HDR

IMG_9354-HDR
Made by Peng Tuck
I thought I under exposed this a lot but as it turned out it was usable. Used a HDR tool to slightly bring out details.

Kanesaki san and Friends

Kanesaki san and Friends
Made by lh tanG
At the Panasonic Sport Complex (formerly known as Matsushita Sport Stadium) Shah Alam, Malaysia.

Drummers

Drummers
Made by lh tanG
Drum Perofrmances to start off the Festival. Bon Odori Start from 17:00 until 21:30.

Japanese Dancers

Japanese Dancers
Made by lh tanG
This year Bon Odori celebration is on the July 14th, 2007

Bon Odori 2010

Bon Odori 2010
Made by 陳家興 Photography
Kanasai Sushi ... someone told me that !

IMG_9345

IMG_9345
Made by Peng Tuck
Bon Odori 2010's tallest photographer :D

盆踊り2011

盆踊り2011
Made by Russell Imaging
ありがとう マレーシア

Run to the Finish

Run to the Finish
Made by -m0cha-
Winner of 200m L2 I think



Nearest places of interest:

Pos Malaysia - Mail Processing Centre (MPC)
TASCO HQ(Trans Asia Shipping Coperations)
Sekolah Menengah Teknik Shah Alam
Sime UEP Industrial Park
  Wisma ASCAP-QBC
Seksyen 21 Cemeteries
Panasonic HA Air-Conditioning R&D (M) Sdn Bhd (PHAARADM)
Panasonic HA Air-Conditioning (M) Sdn Bhd

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