The Bon Festival is held each year during summer in the month of August in Japan.
This one week celebration is to honour the spirits of their ancestors and has over the years evolved into a family reunion where people return to their ancestral homes, visit and clean their ancestors graves.
The Bon Festival has a tradition which is more than 500 years old and traditionally includes a dance called the Bon Odori.
This year is the 36th anniversary of the Bon Odori Festival in Malaysia and this years theme celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the “Look East” policy first mooted by former Prime Minister, Tun Mahathri Mohamad.
In his opening speech, the chairperson of the Organising Committee, Masato Nakamura said “The Look East Policy has strengthened the exchange of talents, enhanced economic development and mutual understanding of both nations.
“I hope that this close relationship will be further strenthened by the Bon Odori Festival by enhancing the mutual understanding of both country’s culture,” he said.
Held at the Kompleks Sukan Negara in Shah Alam on the July the 14th, the festival attracted more than 15,000 people who jam packed the stadium as early as 5.00pm even though the programs were supposed to be kicked off at 7 pm.
It was an evening of great Japanese food, dancing and cultural performances.