Cosplay, Yukata, Rice-pounding event, Bon Odori traditional dance, Japanese foods and games, Panagtagbo sa Mandaue dance…what’s not to love?
The first ever Japanese summer festival in Cebu held at the Aboitiz Sportsfield in Subangdaku, Mandaue was a fun-filled, colorful activity graced with the presence both of the Japanese and Filipino communities.
Highlights of the last day’s event include:
- Cosplay competition
- Yukata competition
- Rice-cake pounding event
- Traditional Bon Odori dance
- Fireworks display
The second (and the last) day of the festival started with a minute of silence headed by the Japanese consul in Cebu (complete name to be verified) as means of commemorating the 69th anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bombing.
The consul stated that while the Bon Odori is a fun and festive celebration, it is also important to remember the Japanese people who died on the aforementioned tragedy.
In case you missed the event, here’s a glimpse of what took place!
It goes beyond being just a successful event! The first ever Japanese summer festival in Cebu turned out to be a memorable, meaningful and great event that surely carved a strong relationship between the Filipino and Japanese citizens!
What a terrific way to celebrate the Philippines-Japanese friendship month!