Addressing the opening ceremony on November 27, Tsuji Akinori, chairman of the Kochi-Vietnam Exchange Association, expressed his hope that the festival would contribute to introducing the unique cultural characteristics as well as improving mutual understanding between Vietnam and Japan.
Okamura Shouichi, head of the Culture, Community and Sports Department of Kochi Prefecture, emphasised that the local government has always placed great importance on the contributions made by the expatriate communities residing in Kochi, including Vietnamese nationals.
At present, the number of overseas Vietnamese in Kochi Prefecture has amounted to more than 1,200, becoming the largest expat community to reside in the locality.
For his part, Le Huy Hoang, head of the office from the Consulate General of Vietnam in Osaka, stressed that the Kochi-Vietnam Exchange Association and the Vietnamese community in the Japanese Prefecture would serve to promote cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the two sides.
He voiced hope that the Kochi-Vietnam Exchange Association and local authorities would continue to organise a similar event in 2023, when both countries celebrate 50 years of bilateral diplomacy.
At the festival, local residents, expatriated Vietnamese, and foreigners were entertained with displays of unique art performances and a showcase of the culinary culture of both countries.