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Japanese Summer Festival「 Bon Odori 」2016

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  • date 7月 20 2016 – 水曜日

Bon Odori is a traditional summer festival in which Japanese honer their ancestors who have passed on, remember and appreciate all they have done for them, and celebrate their ongoing presence in the lives they enjoy today.

Also known as Obon, the main event is traditional music and dancing in the street in giant oval. Many festival goers dress in Japanese kimono, yukata or happi coats. The event also features Japanese food booths and refreshments, taiko and martial arts performances, and craft exhibits and demonstrations.


Last year, the Japanese community here in Cebu had organized the second Bon Odori last August 7 and 8 2015 in D’ Family Park Field – Talamban with the participation of different Japanese Organisations in the city. The event was a really big success, many Japanese and Cebuanos enjoyed it! And now this coming August 12 and 13 2016 at Sugbu Grounds – Cebu South Road Properties (SRP). Relive and captivate the moment as we will be celebrating again the Summer Festival here in Cebu in a Japanese Traditional Way 「 Bon Odori 」! So don’t miss it.


The Summer Festival Bon Odori 2015a continuation from last year. will once again be held with the cooperation from several organisations in Cebu. Lasy year’s event exceeded more 11,000 in attendance. It was a great success. For sake of the friendship between Philippines and Japan. Their goal is to let the Filipino and Japanese people experience the cultural exchange through this wonderful festival.


The main event was lighting up the sky with fireworks! As the sky was full of colors, the people were cheering, and chanting happily as they were watching the show. I really like Japanese culture and I’m lucky enough to experience this kind of tradition, and hopefully I can experience it in Japan. So this coming August 12, come and join the Bon Odori! And I’m sure you’ll never regret it!


For some people who are still wondering what is Bon Odori, above is a video clip courtesy of Philippines and Japan Exchange Committee. So what are you waiting for? Mark up your calendars and come to the event!

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