Having lived in this beautiful country for a span of nearly 7 years, there is always an urge for me to come "home" at least once a year.
Last year alone, I "returned home" 3 times and the last one, I brought 30 people to Osaka-Kyoto-Kobe to enjoy breathtaking autumn there. They were students, teachers and parents of an Islamic school in Melaka (my alma mater. hehe)
The response was awesome. They loved the trip. They made new friends. They enjoyed the visits to school, university, factory, mosques, castle, museums, park, shopping malls etc. Most importantly, they can pay their daily obligations (solat) and consume halal foods while enjoying their trip.
That has motivated me to organize more trips this year. I wanted more Malaysians to see with their own eyes the secrets of Japan while not having to worry about their needs as a Muslim.
Initially I planned a trip to Osaka-Kobe-Kyoto in November (again) but then I remembered how enjoyable it was to be part of the Hakata Dontaku Parade in Fukuoka, Kyushu early May each year. Yes, you don't just watch the parade, you participate in it!
THE HAKATA DONTAKU PARADE
|One of the many teams in the parade|
|2 million people from all over the country come to Fukuoka to witness the Hakata Dontaku Festival|
|Malaysia team, supported by Tourism Malaysia|
|Our Japanese friends also joined us in the parade. It was fun!|
|After the parade, there is a sale!|
|My students with participating samurais|
|These dancers were brought in by Tourism Malaysia to perform during the 3 days festival. They danced in front of us|
|With the beautiful ladies of Hakata :)|
More pics here >>
Oh there are so much to tell. So, this year I am thinking of participating in Hakata Dontaku Parade again and would like to invite you guys to join me too! Not only Dontaku, we will also visit other places in Kyushu, like Nagasaki (the Atomic bomb museum), Huis Ten Bosch (beautiful tulips!) and Kumamoto (the Japanese Castle)
|Nagasaki Peace Memorial (Atomic Bomb Museum)|
|Huis Ten Bosch|
|Lovely tulips and flowers at Huis Ten Bosch|
The dates are 2-7 May, 2013
Flight is by Thai Air
The full package* is arranged and catered for Muslims also.
*Full package includes
Domestic transportation (Kyushu rail pass)
Accommodation (based on twin sharing)
Halal breakfast and lunch
Translator and guide
Visa application arrangement
If you are interested in joining me and friends or just want to ask for further details, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop your message here.