Monday, 28 August 2017

Bon Odori 2017 @ Shah Alam~!!

Salam & hye everyone~!!

Well, this blog has been left for quiet a long time, haha.. Sorry for not updating regularly.

On 22nd July 2017, I went to the 41st Bon Odori 2017 at Kompleks Sukan Negara Shah Alam, Seksyen 21 a.k.a Panasonic Sports Complex. The first time I went to Bon Odori was back in 2015 (click here for the blog post). I didn't get a chance to go last year, though.



This year, I went together with Hannah and a friend of mine. It was their first time to Bon Odori.

Our yukata~~~.... Hannah's yukata (left) was bought in Japan ^_^



Me and Hannah

Hannah posing before going to the event


Hannah played a fishing game and ate okonomiyaki. It tasted just like takoyaki~...





The weather this year was superb, no rain at all! Previously, it usually rained or drizzled during the event, leaving a muddy field. And since it didn't rain this year, there was a fireworks display!





It was great fun! There was such a huge crowd too, as earlier that day, there was an event, Visual Arts Expo, at Shah Alam Convention Centre. Hope to go to Bon Odori again next year~!!! ヾ(´▽`*;)ゝ”

Thanks for reading & happy blogging~!!

Monday, 26 December 2016

Big Bad Wolf Book Sale 2016~!!

Assalam and hye everyone~!!

Well, it seems that I have not updated my blog for over a year, hihi.. Lots of stuff happening in my life, so I've left the blogging world for a (long) while.

So, on 17th December 2016, I went to the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale 2016 at MIECC @ The Mines. Hannah tagged along, it was her first time ever going to a book sale event. For those of you who do not know, Big Bad Wolf (or BBW, in short) is a book sale event held every year, usually in December. Books are on sale up until 95%!



This is an event that I look forward to every year. Besides being held in at the end of the year, BBW also has mini book sale events occasionally, especially the popular "box sale" - where you have to buy a box there and try to put in as many books as you can in the box.

Hannah in front of the BBW sign


At BBW 2016, Hannah and I met with a "real" Red Riding Hood. Here's a pic as proof :P

Me, Red Riding Hood, and Hannah


Besides that, we also found a huge Red Riding Hood book. So, of course, we had to take a selfie of it.



After maybe 3 hours, Hannah and I made our purchase of books, summing up to nearly RM150. I was on a tight budget, so not many books could be bought, huhuhu~... T^T Our book haul is as the following picture:

Our book haul :D

The best haul ever was getting the Barbie bookends along with 4 Barbie storybooks for only RM25.

Did any of you go to BBW 2016

Thanks for reading & happy blogging~!!

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Bon Odori 2015 Festival @ Shah Alam~!!

Salam & hye everyone~!!

Ever known what a Bon Odori festival is? Bon odori is actually a Japanese dance festival, which is usually celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar. In Malaysia, bon odori is held annually in Penang & Shah Alam, Selangor.

Recently, on 5th September 2015, the 39th Bon Odori Festival was held as usual at the Panasonic Sports Complex in Shah Alam. Andddd.... even though I live in Shah Alam, this was the first time I had the opportunity to go to the event! (╯✧∇✧)╯





People attending bon usually wear yukata (casual kimono) and geta. I bought my very first own yukata from a yukata shop in Damansara Damai. They also have a Facebook page, Cosplay and Yukata Shop


The yukata shop in Damansara Damai

All the yukatas on the shelves

The pink yukata that I bought for RM85

And since I'm a bit low in my financial budget, I decided to make my own obi (the belt worn around the yukata) and kinchaku bag (Japanese bag worn together with the yukata or kimono), besides a matching bow brooch for my hijab.


Obi, bow brooch and kinchaku bag

Me in a yukata



I went there with a friend of mine, who is also a Japan culture fan like myself, hihi.. Although it rained a bit for some time, the event still attracted hordes of people. Here are some pics taken at bon odori:

People performing several dance routines on the stage
(btw, the ones wearing the blue yukata & yellow yukata (with pink hijab) are the owners of the yukata shop I mentioned earlier)

The Kintako girl making takoyaki


Me trying to sit down by adjusting my yukata

Yummy takoyaki!!! (ノ^∇^)ノ゚

The crowd


For next year's bon, I'm planning on sewing my own yukata, if I can find the pattern, muehehehe... and maybe buy a pair of geta too! If you want to buy a yukata or kimono via online, why not try checking out Oh, Japan! or Tokyo Purple.

Did you attend Bon Odori 2015?  :3

Thanks for reading & happy blogging~!!
 
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