Saturday, August 11, 2012

Thailand - J-Trends in Town Celebration at MBK Mall

Last December, while roaming around Bangkok, I was surprised to see many youngsters at MBK Center dressed in Anime. Wow! They have their own style of cosplay here; I told myself. I am familiar with our own cosplay event at SM Megamall because my daughter and her friends participated once.

In Bangkok, it is called J-Trends in Town by MBK & Mainichi. It started in year 2006 and they do this almost every month during first Saturday and having different theme or concept. The event is sponsored by MBK Center in coordination with Japan's Mainichi Academic Group thus the name J-Trends or Japanese Trends. Recently, K-Pop has been seamlessly incorporated to the event as well.

As luck would have it, I was strolling at MBK during J-Trends 6th year celebration on December 2011. The theme for that month was "J-Trends Celebration."

Some of my shots:

Aside from countless youngsters wearing anime costume, a musical event was also in-progress while I was there. Though I didn't understand the songs I can feel the lively beat and rhythm of the songs.

sing and dance by lovely teens
boy band? nah! it's akatsuki!

The Audience

The audience themselves were quite lively. This is what I call inter-active audience, lol. But frankly, I was very happy to witness this kind of celebration in Bangkok. My daughter would be envious of me once she learns about this event.

If you'll be in Bangkok at first Saturday of the month, try to drop by at MBK Center. Who knows maybe you will be fortunate enough to participate in monthly J-Trends in Town. I heard they are preparing for Halloween theme.

During the event, I have seen many tourists around and it seems J-Trends could easily become a part of Bangkok tourist attractions.


Platinum mall, Bangkok
Pratunam market, Bangkok
Roaming Around Bangkok - part 1 (Pratunam area)
Roaming Around Bangkok - part 2 (Khao San area)
Pantip Plaza, Bangkok
CentralWorld mall
Chatuchak Weekend Market
Khao San Road
Wat Pho (The Reclining Buddha)
Wat Saket (Temple of Golden Mount)
The Grand Palace - Bangkok City

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