Hey, everyone. Some of you might heard of Bon Odori, right?
Some people thinks it's actually a Japanese festival, in which they can wear Japanese fashion during the festival.
Well, yes, you can wear Japanese fashion but mark my word, it's Japanese Traditional Wears only.
Those that are not wearing yukata, should wear decent simple casual.
Here's the answer.
Brief History and Meaning of Bon Odori
Bon Odori is a Japanese Buddhist Folk Dance performed outdoors and danced in concentric circle around a raised platform called a Yagura. Odori means dance and Bon is the abbreviated name of a Buddhist text, the Ullambana Sutra, whose Japanese pronunciation is Urabon, shortened to Bon.
The sutra tells the story of a Monk called Mokuren (known as Mogallana in Pali), who in meditation saw his deceased mother suffering of starvation in the Hell of Hungry Ghosts, where any food she touched burst into flames.
Mokuren appealed to Shakyamuni Buddha to save his mother from her fate. Shakyamuni instructed Mokuren that in order to overcome his mother's selfish past life karma, he should make offerings of food from land and sea to his fellow monks at the end of their 90-day retreat which ended in mid-July.
Upon following Shakyamuni's instructions, Mokuren danced for joy when his mother and seven generations of his ancestors were freed from their suffering.
This story gradually developed into a major memorial festival for one's ancestors, and took root in many forms in Mahayana Buddhist countries, especially in China, Korea, Japan and Vietnam.
The Obon festival in Japan has been held annually since 657 A.D. In the Jodo Shinshu sect, it is called Kangi-E, or Gathering of Joy, as established by Monshu Myonyo Shonin.
Though a memorial observance, there is a festive mood during Obon. Obon is a time to remember and honor all those who have passed on before us. It is a time to appreciate all that they have done for us and to recognize the continuation of the influence of their deeds upon our lives. Obon is also a time of self-reflection; the joy one feels is not from the happiness of getting what you desire, but the joy of being shown the truth -- the joy of awareness. "Obon reminds us to love and care for our parents. It also encourages the practice of selfless giving (dana) not only to family and friends, but to all beings."
The first Bon Odori in the United States was performed in Hawaii in 1910. Twenty years later, the Jodo Shinshu priest Reverend Yoshio Iwanaga introduced the odori to temples in California, Oregon, Washington and Canada. The first organized Bon Odori in the Continental United States was held in the auditorium of the Buddhist Church of San Francisco in 1931. The odori has become a popular annual event at practically all BCA Buddhist temples in the United States. We will be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Bon Odori in July 2006.
(Source: http://www.bcsfweb.org/Obon3.html )
So, now everyone understand the meaning of it?
For those that still do not understand, basically, Bon Odori is similar to Cheng Meng / Ching Ming which is celebrated by the Chinese to honor people who had passed away.
Now, let me proceed to the main topic of today.
Please have a look at the photo below.
*Please click on photo for full view*
Is this a good sight for you during Bon Odori? (Except those who's in the photos that wore yukata)
Imagine how would you feel if you see people wearing something like that during Cheng Meng?
Very, very disrespectful, am I right?
Okay, check this out as well. Please click on photo to enlarge :)
I had censored their names with colors. So, I will just call em by colors :)
Red - have you guys noticed what he mentioned?
Everyone wearing yukata is considered as normal, so they wanted to wear something fancy that made them stand out in the public.
I wonder if he has any brain. =.=
Green - Dude, do you think you're very famous?
I dont care whether you're famous or not. Who are you and where you come from, I dont give a damn.
Everyone see how Lala is this Mr. Green, right?
Look at the way he types, only the Lala will do that. Sorry if I had offended any of you.
Honestly, it is very annoying, if you're doing it, please stop it. It's a very ridiculous way to type.
And the Ms. Teal, does she even know, what is Harajuku fashion?
Please, do more research before you lash your
shit crap out without any knowledge.
Well, it's very obvious on what am I trying to say here, people, please join this group if you really wanted to know, what shouldnt you wear during Bon Odori. We will try our best to guide you to the right path :)
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