In his remarks, Kanagawa Governor Kuroiwa Yuji emphasized the significance of the event as it signifies the resumption of exchange and cooperation activities between the people of Vietnam and Japan, particularly in Kanagawa, following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan, Pham Quang Hieu, highlighted that the festival is part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan.

With the theme “Connecting for future,” the event aims to promote connectivity between the two countries and emphasizes the shared vision of Vietnam and Japan heading towards the future together and making an impact on the world stage.

Ambassador Hieu expressed his hopes for the success of the Kanagawa Festival in Vietnam, scheduled for November.

The Vietnamese Festival in Kanagawa was first held in 2015 and has since become an annual event that strengthens solidarity and mutual understanding between the people of Kanagawa and Vietnam.

This year, the festival was incorporated into the Vietnam Day in Kanagawa, which also featured investment and tourism promotion activities.

The festival showcased over 80 booths that introduced Vietnamese cuisine and traditional arts to the Japanese audience. Additionally, there were programs dedicated to exploring Vietnam’s tourism and culture, as well as a Japanese speech contest for international students in Kanagawa.

Kanagawa Prefecture, located south of Tokyo, covers an area of 2,415 square meters and has a population of over 9.2 million, making it the second most populous prefecture in Japan. In recent years, the number of Vietnamese residents and workers in Kanagawa has steadily increased, with Vietnamese nationals being the second largest foreign community out of the 30,000 residents from over 170 countries/territories.

The festival will run until September 10.