On Saturday (17th Oct) Indonesians participated in Chihaya Global Village Festival. Chihaya was really far from my dormitory area, so I went there by subway (after biking around 15 km).
Indonesian students presented Saman Dance, Angklung, and Piring Dance, and I joined the Angklung. We played four songs, three from Indonesia and one is a Japanese song; Gundul-Gundul Pacul, Manuk Dadali, Pileuleuyan, and Ue no Muite.
Manuk Dadali in Angklung
Ue No Muite (Japans’ song that I didn’t know) in Angklung
I’m really happy because many foreigners and Japanese appreciated our performances and liked it! I hope someday they can visit Indonesia and experience beautiful and pretty culture from Indonesia. Anyway, apart from performance we also took photos and teach Japanese to play angklung, it was really nice!
Anyway I wanna try Saman after this, I hope I can.. because Saman dance is really exciting and addicting.. haha)
After the Chihaya Festival, I spent time with my friends to visit Hakata, the city centre of shopping in the island.
There was a Lantern Festival there called Tomyo Watching Kabuki Fetsival. It’s an annual festival, so I definitely won’t miss it even though it’s late at night. You can click on this link if you wanna know further (maybe you have chance to visit it next year!)
So, the festival is like a walking route through Hakata city’s road and temples. There are several lantern spots and in each spots, there were hundreds of lanterns. The photos I took were not very good as the light was coming only from lanterns, and even though there are many of them, the area outside the lanterns are dark in photos. But I hope you can enjoy
I think this festival are phenomenal. There was an atmosphere of peace, happiness, and quiet at the same time. It would have been similar to a ritual of meditation, but because there were so many people, it wasn’t.
After all that lanterns, lights, and sparks, I went home, biked again through the dark night. Thank God I arrived safely to my dorm.
That’s all for now, I think there are too many different topics in this post. Actually now I’m going to another festival today on Sunday afternoon, but I will post it in the next post.
So stay tuned and don’t forget to have a great day^^