Displayed are 160 sets of Ao Dai created by four Vietnamese designers – Ngoc Han, Cao Minh Tien, Che Quyet Tien, and Tran Thien Khanh.

During her opening speech, Vu Chi Mai, consul general of Vietnam in Fukuoka, emphasized that the festival’s purpose is to honor the Vietnamese costume and promote popular tourist destinations in the Japanese cities of Fukuoka and Kyushu.

Mai shared that the festival helps introduce Vietnamese cultural values to international friends and showcases the cultural essence of both countries.

Inoue Hirotaka, vice chairman of the Japan – Vietnam Parliamentary Friendship Alliance in Fukuoka, mentioned that this year commemorates the 10th anniversary since the Hanoi People’s Council and the Fukuoka Prefectural Council signed an agreement to foster exchanges and friendship in April 2014.

He also announced that a delegation from the Fukuoka administration would visit Hanoi on January 22 to further promote friendly exchanges between the two sides.