So here are my shots! The whole was fun, tiring and hot (not just the ladies but I mean real hot! It was 35 celsius during the day and 30 at night!). To make it worse though, it rained but not long enough nor strong enough to really bring down the temperature, just enough to increase the humidity and make it twice as hot >_<;;
I know its a bit late since everyone else has already upload theirs since last week but I have a legitimate excuse! I’m Lazy!
So how was this year’s bon odori? Well for the first time it wasn’t hot! That’s because it rained heavily during the 1st hour, drastically cooling down the hot air. The bad thing though it that it made all the area around the stage muddy!
Thanks to Chewing Gum for driving us in his new Honda City!!! DAMN THAT’S ONE SWEET RIDE!
Also thanks again for lending us the OP passes! I didn’t even expected them ! Honest! XD (They were limited to 5 people only so Rojak Studio sent in their best event photographers. Note, these are the same people who shoot weddings for a living!)
I have to admit this year’s event was pretty good. Lots of fun,games and thanks to a special sale of Yukatas at Queensbay mall, almost everyone was wearing one this year.
Once again I’ll be heading up to Penang for Bon Odori Penang. I could have opt for KL’s Bon odori instead at the Panasonic Stadium but then I wouldn’t have the fun of hanging out with RojakStudio.
So communication will be limited to what I can access at the hotel. I’ll be back on the 18th (Sunday) evening.
Also please for the love of everything don’t be hot like last year’s Bon odori!
In case anyone is wondering when and where it will be..
Location: Esplanade, Penang
Date: 17th July 2010
Organizer: The Consulate of Japan, Penang State Tourism Development &
Culture and Bon Odori Committee
See you guys there~~~! ^_^
Even though I’ve moved down to KL for more than a year now, I still find myself going back to Penang to shoot street photography of all things as I did back during the few hours before bon odori 2009.
I guess there is something alluring about Penang that I cannot find in KL. The mystery or classic feel of a town that seems to encompass both new and old on one single island.
Where as in KL it feels like everything is either new or just bloody rundown, infested with sinister elements (no wait, I think that’s Putrajaya and not KL).
Whatever the reason or explanation for my feeling this way about Penang, the fact cannot be denied that Penang is indeed a wonderful place with its secret locations for anyone looking for a photography quest.
Pity though that the Penang government doesn’t seems to know how to capitualized on this especially the fact that they have attained UNESCO status (or trying to hold onto it the last I heard).
I did remember the Penang government hosting a photography competition to showscase the best of Penang sights and beauty but from what I heard and read the terms and conditions of that contest was so photographer unfriendly that many were turned off by it. It literally gave the Penang government absolute ownership of any photos submitted to the contest even the ones that didn’t win.
You know I only go to bon odori for one reason, to indulge myself and hopefully for a brief while, to induced my mind to temporary escape the fact that the body that it is housed in is not trapped in Malaysia; and if that fails there’s always the wonderful joy of taking photos of cute girls in Kimono regardless whether they are real Japanese or local girls.