What is 'Bon Odori'? Originally a
Japanese Buddhist observance honouring the spirits of ancestors, today
it has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which Japanese
return to ancestral family places, and visit, and clean their ancestors'
graves. In comparison to the celebrations in Japan, the festival
celebrated in Penang and Selangor 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 and drinks, art and dance, with the vast number of
Japanese companies in Malaysia taking part to promote their products.
And the upcoming Penang YOSAKOI Parade 2013!!! 19th January 2013!!!