#BonOdoriCebu

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.

Proceeds of the event (from the Php10.00 registration fee) will go to the affected people of the 2013 Bohol earthquake and typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) last November 8.

In case you missed the event, here’s a glimpse of what took place!

The Fundoshi boys (wearing the traditional japanese attire) on the Mochi-tsuki (rice-cake pounding event)
The Fundoshi boys (wearing the traditional japanese attire) on the Mochi-tsuki (rice-cake pounding event)

 

Cosplay participants on their preparation prior to the contest proper.
Cosplay participants on their preparation prior to the contest proper.

 

Viewers get to try out for their first ever rice-pounding experience
Viewers get to try out for their first ever rice-pounding experience

 

Japanese lady on her yukata checking if the Mochi (rice cake) is ready for eating.
Japanese lady on her yukata checking if the Mochi (rice cake) is ready for eating.

 

Anime fans and Levi Ackerman's cosplayer on a photoshoot.
Anime fans and Levi Ackerman’s cosplayer on a photoshoot.

 

Ciel Phantomhive cosplayer poses for picture taking
Ciel Phantomhive cosplayer poses for picture taking

 

Samurai cosplayers walking around the area. (Who could guess what they are thinking?)
Samurai cosplayers walking around the area. (Who could guess what they are thinking?)

 

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!

Kampai!

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