The Japan-Vietnam Festival, now in its ninth year, strives to showcase and celebrate the rich cultures of both nations. The event also aims to foster and enhance overall friendship between Japan and Vietnam, with a particular focus on Ho Chi Minh City.

The festival offers various highlights over two days, which include trade, culinary, and tourism exchange programs. There are also initiatives to promote Vietnamese-Japanese products, as well as captivating art performances featuring talented artists from both Vietnam and Japan.

A visitor looks for information about Ho Chi Minh City tourism’s products at a booth at the Japan Vietnam Festival in Ho Chi Minh City on February 25, 2023. Photo: Dong Nguyen / Tuoi Tre News

Japanese groups PSYCHIC FEVER and BALLISTIK BOYZ are expected to perform at the festival, alongside Vietnamese performers.

This year’s festival introduces a new snow area, aimed at captivating the interest of young visitors.

The Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association in Ho Chi Minh City plays an active role in the event. They present traditional Vietnamese ao dai performances, Vietnamese-Japanese folk music, and Japanese yosakoi dance performances on the festival stage.

The association also engages with attendees through booths featuring Vietnamese and Japanese poetry, Japanese tea ceremonies, the intricate art of paper folding origami, traditional Japanese folk games, and the delicate craftsmanship of Japanese Tsumami-zaiku flowers.

It also showcases Vietnamese ao dai, Vietnamese lotus tea, Vietnamese folk games, and exhibitions of Vietnam-Japan friendship activities.

The ninth Japan Vietnam Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday at 23/9 Park in District 1.

Last year, the event, in its eighth edition, was a big celebration as it honored the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan and attracted 485,000 festival-goers.

The two-day festival also took place at 23/9 Park and gathered around 150 booths boasting the two countries’ tourism, local specialties, cuisine, culture, education, music, sports, and technology.

Children experience baseball at the eighth Japan Vietnam Festival in Ho Chi Minh City, February 25, 2023. Photo: T.T.D. / Tuoi Tre