Hanoi Hosts Japanese Book Week to Foster Reading Habits Among Young Readers

Families with young children in Japan can get ready for a fun-filled week of entertainment as "Ehon Week" brings a host of book-related activities to the country. Enjoy exhibitions, presentations, and readings of Ehon picture books for kids, and much more.

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The book-related event, scheduled to take place from October 14 to 22, is being organized by the Bac Cau or Bridge Foundation, in collaboration with the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam and the Japanese Business Association in Vietnam. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan.

The “Ehon Week” book event will be held in Hanoi from October 14 to 22.

The event will feature several highlights, including an exhibition of 100 Ehon picture books in their original Japanese version as well as Vietnamese translations. The exhibition will take place on October 14 at the Japanese Embassy compound, located at 8 Van Phuc Street, Ba Dinh District.

Another notable exhibition during the event is the display of Yasumasa Suzuki’s Ehon Original Works. This exhibition, which will be held on October 14 at the Japan Cultural Exchange Center, will showcase the original illustrations of two Ehon picture books titled “Cosette the Sparrow” and “Sadness of the Snail.”

Suzuki’s illustrations bring each story to life, making the picture books more engaging and easier to understand. His talented drawings add a vividness to the narratives, enhancing the reader’s experience.

Furthermore, the organizing committee will distribute 100 Ehon picture books to attendees of the “Connecting Book Fair,” which will take place on October 20 at Du Parc Hanoi Hotel, located at 84 Tran Nhan Tong Street, Hoan Kiem District.

The cover of the Japanese Ehon picture book for children “Sadness of the Snail” – Vietnamese edition. Photo: Mot Sach  

In addition, from October 14 to 19, a series of Ehon picture book reading activities will be conducted in preschools across Hanoi.

The organizing committee emphasizes that Ehon Week is a significant event aimed at raising public awareness about the benefits of reading, particularly among children.

“Building a generation of avid readers requires time, effort, perseverance, and collective support from society. Encouraging young children to spend time reading is extremely important,” stated the event’s press release.

The Bridge Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Japan that works to promote children’s literacy in Vietnam through books. Its reading projects help develop the thinking, skills, and creativity of local children, contributing to their holistic and equal development.