1st Night at Bon Odori Cebu: KILLER!

Samura headress for sale at one of the stall at Bon Odori Cebu
Samurai headdress for sale at one of the stalls at Bon Odori Cebu

A raised stage (yagura) at the middle adorned with colorful Japanese lanterns, food and game stalls on the corners, and Japanese people everywhere!

These are the things that welcomed me as I step into the Aboitiz Sportsfield in Mandaue City where the first ever Bon Odori (Japanese Summer Festival) in Cebu is held.

The place was huge and since I arrived there exactly on time (6:00pm) for the registration, stalls and performers are still on the process of polishing their booths and doing last-minute rehearsals.

I half-doubted that the event will draw enough people to somehow fill in the vast space of the area. But when the program started just after singing the Philippines and Japan’s national anthems, I saw how the atmosphere changed!

Stalls were lighted up and the lively selling began! I was particularly roaming around to take photos of the stalls but since there were just so many gorgeous distractions around, I only managed to take some:

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A Japanese shop selling cute anime souvenirs

 

Filipino and Japanese volunteers participate in a traditional parade after the Bon Odori dance.
Filipino and Japanese volunteers participate in a traditional parade after the Bon Odori dance.
People wander around in search of food game stalls.
People wander around in search of food game stalls.

The event was impressive.

The attendance of Japanese people was amazing. I wasn’t expecting so many Japanese to actually grace the event but they did and I think it made the activity even more meaningful and successful.

Today’s the second and the last day of Bon Odori highlighting the Yukata and Cosplay competition. So if you missed the first day, go ahead drag your friends out!

Registration starts at 4pm for only Php 10.00!

Ja ne!

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