Vietnam – Japan cultural festival opens in Ho Chi Minh City

Saturday, 2018-01-27 12:20:53
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Visitors are enjoying Japanese food at the festival. (Credit: VNA)
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NDO – The fifth Vietnam – Japan Cultural Festival officially opened in Ho Chi Minh City on January 26, as part of the activities to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries (September 21, 1973-2018).

Themed ‘Holding hands together’, the festival will be divided into two areas including a space for pavilions and a stage.

The pavilions will introduce famous destinations, food and drinks from Japan, while visitors will have a chance to enjoy Japanese Pop music pieces and Bon Odori dances, as well as meet renowned singers from Vietnam and Japan.

During the three-day event, various seminars on agriculture, education and the culture of Japan will also be held, helping visitors to learn more about the development of ‘the country of the rising sun’, and thereby contribute to tightening the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Japan.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the festival (Credit:

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ho Chi Minh City municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong affirmed that Japan is always the leading partner of the city in trading, cultural and social fields, while expressing the belief that the cultural exchange would be a key event in the development of the diplomatic ties between the two sides.

The festival is expected to attract around 300,000 visitors.

On this occasion, an exhibition on ‘Netsuke’, a contemporary wood carving of Japan officially opened at the Japan Foundation Centre for Cultural Exchange, in Hanoi.

The exhibition, which will last unitl March 15, features 65 works by 64 contemporary netsuke carvers and artists.

Netsuke is a non-slip toggle that has been used since the Edo period (1603-1868) to secure the small personal items such as money pouches, inro-(medicine container), or tobacco containers worn suspended on cords from the obi (a sash worn with kimono).

Visitors to the exhibition on 'Netsuke' (Credit: