はい。前週の土曜日は 盆踊りでした。友達と Meru Valleyへ 行きました！
Yes, last week Saturday was Bon-Odori! Together with my friend, we went to Meru Valley. After absent for 6 years, Bon Odori Ipoh 2010 finally came back! However, the venue was too secluded! It took me about 1 hour to reach there!
Anyway, with 3 of my friends, we had high expectations for the festival. Yet, to our dismay, what we saw was over-commercialised event! Reasons:
- There were no decoration at all. No even a lantern! Couldn't even spot a Japanese hiragana! There were 3 huge white tents with a lot of people inside. No Balloons too~~~
- There were not enough Japanese. You tell me! Is Yong taufu? Cendol? Kuey Teow? Are those the famous Japanese cuisine?!!!!!
- The venue was too small. Initially, the printed posted stated that it was held at the tennis court! Yet, when we reached there, the tennis court was empty! We were forced to squeeze inside the crowd!
Further comments? I am too lazy to do that! I am also lazy to edit those photos~ Nothing nice to capture! Anyway, still show you all some photos!~~ Ooo, before that, I heard some rumours about the event. Insider story here: According to someone who wants to remain anonymous:
"The event was organised by Perak Japanese Friendship Society. However, it was Meru Valley Resort who organised all the settings and foods. IE, the stage was supposed to be higher and bigger. At the end, it was truly small. There was hardly any Japanese cuisine in sight, only local food provided by Meru Valley. "
This was what insider said! However, I think that both parties were responsible for the downfall of Bon Odori Ipoh. As the main organiser, Japanese Friendship Society had to be very strict and firm with the standard instead of pointing fingers to Meru Valley.
Yup, sad, right!? A mega event with so less to capture!~~~