Bonten, a group of drummers from Japan, performing a wadaiko during the 'Puri Bunkasai' Japanese cultural festival at Lippo Puri Mall in West Jakarta. (Photo courtesy of Lippo Mall Puri)

Japanese Cultural Festival at Lippo Mall Puri

BY :DHANIA PUTRI SARAHTIKA

OCTOBER 10, 2016

Jakarta. Lippo Malls, in collaboration with the Japan Foundation, is presenting the "Puri Bunkasai" Japanese cultural festival at Lippo Mall Puri in West Jakarta from Sept. 30 to Oct. 23.

Claimed to be the biggest Japanese cultural festival in West Jakarta, Puri Bunkasai showcases performing arts and culinary delights from the land of the rising sun.

Lippo Malls Indonesia pipeline specialist manager Afriany said the festival is one of the mall's signature events.

"Having witnessed visitors' enthusiasm last year, the festival returns again this year, as we decided to make it one of the signature events to be held annually at Lippo Mall Puri," Afriany said.

The Mikoshi Festival, loosely translated as a palanquin festival, was the main event on Saturday (08/10), when 260 people reportedly lifted four decorated mikoshi and one dashi (float) along Jalan Puri Harum.

"The palanquins were brought from Japan. We will hold the Mikoshi Festival again on Oct. 15," Afriany said.

Another notable event was the wadaiko, a percussion show involving giant Japanese drums. A group called Bonten, consisting of three Japanese artists, played the drums. The show was held on Oct. 8 and 9.

Supporting events include a meet and greet with Taiwanese cosplayers Mon and Ajo, on Oct. 16. Enthusiasts better not miss the cosplay contest, especially with the presence of famous cosplay judges Punipun, Matcha Mei, Ryan Cyd, Echow, and Sora on Oct. 22.

Visitors can also enjoy a dance performance accompanied by traditional Japanese melodies. Musician Keisuke Ito will perform with a fretless Japanese lute, or samisen, and a traditional Japanese zither, or koto. There will also be awa odori and yosakoi dance performances by Hasda Ai.

Mouth-watering Japanese treats will be offered in the Nippon Food Festival from Oct. 14-16. Various promotional programs are offered by Lippo Mall Puri during the festival period.

Fukubukuro, a term usually referring to grab bags filled with prizes, is a lucky draw with a total prize of Rp 310 million ($24,000). All visitors need to do is buy a fukubukuro coupon for Rp 100,000. Lippo Mall Puri has promised that customers can expect to receive vouchers and products worth at least three times more than the coupon. Visitors also have an opportunity to win prizes worth up to Rp 10 million.

For a minimum purchase of Rp 750,000, visitors can also get an exclusive Japanese coin purse and a photo session wearing yukata (a casual summer version of a Japanese kimono).

Lippo Mall Puri is a premium shopping center owned by Lippo Malls Indonesia. Among the anchor tenants are Parkson Department Store, Sogo Department Store, Hypermart, Matahari Department Store, Food Avenue, Electronic City, Best Denki, Fitness First, and Cinema XXI.

Lippo Mall Indonesia has expanded its business to 120 malls in five years, covering 51 cities and districts in Indonesia.

The Jakarta Globe is affiliated with the Lippo Group.

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