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POPCON Asia 2012: Kau Illustrator? Ikutlah!

Seperti yang sudah aku janjikan, aku akan memberikan laporan mengenai 3 event yang berhubungan dengan Jepang di Indonesia. Pertama adalah POPCON ASIA, yang aku datangi tepat sebelum UAS dimulai. Wah, bukannya belajar malah main-main ya…

Seperti namanya, POPCON ASIA atau Pop Convention Asia yang digelar dari tanggal 27 Juni – 1 Juli di Jakarta Convention Center Senayan ini khusus mengekspos Pop Culture. Spesifiknya, illustrasi, art, superhero dan lainnya yang berkaitan. Kalau anda berniat mencari merchandise anime dan sejenisnya, yang akan anda temui di sini hanya figma dan action figure superhero. Dakkimakura dan oppai-pad? Nggak ada! Karena itulah aku sedikit kecewa saat datang ke POPCON ini.
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Ngaben, Escorting the Dead


One of the most unique yet sacred ceremony in Bali would be the Ngaben ceremony. This ceremony can be so colossal or can be downright ordinary depending on the social status of the dead person. A descendant of royalty’s Ngaben ceremony, for example, will be so large, it becomes a temporary tourist attraction involving lots and lots of people. This ceremony is based on local belief (Hinduism) that the body must be immediately destructed so it can return to nature faster, thus letting the soul rise to heaven. It is the construction process of this ceremony which really takes the cheese. It takes months of planning and hard work to conduct a successful Ngaben ceremony. The Ngaben ceremony involves a high aptitude of craftsmanship, which you can see from the equipment used for this particular ceremony. Lots of complicated items crafted from mostly young coconut leaves, the majestic carriage of the dead which takes days to complete, and the spiritual aura makes this ceremony one of the most sacred ceremonies known to Balinese Hindus.
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Harvest Moon in Bali


I went photo-walking at the right time; it was harvest moon in Bali and I captured these golden rice fields. In Bali, the harvest moon comes around each 3 months or so; in older days, the harvest moon came each 6 months. The reason for that is because the Balinese now use prime crops (possibly the result of genetic engineering) to yield results twice as fast as its predecessor. These photos were taken around the Sembung – Baturiti area, two places which are located on the main road connecting Denpasar and Candidasa. But, you won’t find these on that particular main road; you’d have to venture off the road into the pristine village area, and keep in mind: the roads in those areas are harsh because they’re cracked here and there, leading to a very bumpy ride. I suggest you take a bike, or better yet, just hike. The specific loactions are: Cao Belayu village and the village of Leba, the former is still within Sembung area, the latter in Baturiti.
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