Sep 4, 2015

BON ODORI with COLD STORAGE




Cold Storage, the supermarket renowned for high quality food from all corners of the word, has brought the much-celebrated Bon Odori cultural dance and festival food fare from Japan, into a local mall for the enjoyment of urbanites.



Held at the New Wing Oval concourse of 1 Utama Shopping Centre, everyone can now enjoy different aspects of Japanese culture, along with over 1,000 items of food products, confectionery and a variety of delicacies in the comfort of the shopping mall...


Speaking at the launch of the five-day event today, Angus Gore-Andrews, General Manager of Cold Storage Supermarkets said: “As one of the very first supermarkets in Malaysia, or rather, it was Malaya then; Cold Storage has long been known for quality fresh produce and fine foods, brought in from every corner of the world.

This reputation is the result of many decades of serving the global community’s needs for not just fresh food but also imported grocery and food products from home, wherever that may be,”



“We also know that often, offering our customers food from home alone, is not enough. Each community celebrates their own festivals that come with special food and cultural practices. Over the years, we have included in our calendar numerous cultural activities and festivals to celebrate the diversity of our customers. This Cold Storage Japanese Food Fair, in conjunction with the Obon or Bon festival is yet another of them,” he added.



The Bon Odori festival, traditionally held to honour ancestors, has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years. The carnival-like celebration that lasts for three days is celebrated between July and September, within different regions of Japan.



It’s a fair fit for families with activities from the traditional to modern, dancing, singing and costume dressing, as well as a variety of popular games from Japan. The event also features Japanese food booths and refreshment, and other Japanese arts performances and demonstrations.




For the food fair, the imported Japanese food products and confectionery include rice crackers, green tea, candy and gummy, as well as cooking ingredients such as seaweed, miso and other condiments. And I must tell you the range is amazing... you have to see it to believe it....





To all the Pocky fans out there... there are just sooo many variety of Pocky here you probably have a hard time deciding which one you like....


In conjunction with the celebration of the Japanese festive season, special items have been brought in from Hokkaido and Shizuoka, among many other limited edition products. I just adore Japanese packaging... they are bright, colourful and soooooo attractive....


I had a brief tea lesson there at the Cold Storage Bon Odori Food Fair too.. as far as I am concerned, I only know Sencha, Matcha and Genmaicha and I actually did not even know the exact difference...and now I learn about Fukamushicha, Gyokuro, Bancha, Hojicha and even Kamairicha.... phewww.... and they are so unique in their own ways.....




Here is the activities time table for those of you who are interested to check out the activities for this weekend... It looks to be an exciting weekend so I won't miss it if I were to be in KL or nearby, sadly I will be outstation this weekend and can't attend...




These is the Japanese Full Dress Samurai Costume... aren't they something else... Finally I can indulge in another of my so called bucket list which is to meet or take a picture with the Japanese Samurai... never mind even if these are just cosplayers.... huhuhu


So go on, head over to the Cold Storage Bon Odori Food Fair now at the Oval Concourse of the 1Utama New Wing...this fair will be on until just Sunday!!!

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