During a press conference on November 13th, Mai announced that the annual event has garnered the interest of Vietnamese expatriates and local residents in Kuyshu-Okinawa. This event serves as a vivid demonstration of the Vietnamese community’s importance to the Party and State, including those in Japan.

Various activities will be organized, such as human chess, nem con (throwing a sacred ball through a ring), and nhay sap (dance between bamboo poles). In addition, an art program will be arranged, featuring exceptional performances by Vietnamese artists, models, actors, and representatives from the Vietnamese community in Japan.

Highlights of the festival will include a record-breaking display of 1,500 people wearing ao dai (the traditional long dress) forming a map of S-shaped Vietnam, as well as the Fukuoka 2024 Ao Dai Week, which will showcase 180 items created by six renowned Vietnamese designers.

There will be 70 booths showcasing Vietnamese and Japanese dishes, high-quality products, and handicrafts from both countries.

Nguyen Duy Anh, Chairman of the Association of Vietnamese in Fukuoka, revealed to the Vietnam News Agency that this festival aims to support the Vietnamese community in Japan, promote national culture, and raise awareness of Vietnam among Japanese citizens. These efforts ultimately aim to strengthen the friendship between the people of Vietnam and Japan.

Last year, the “Spring Homeland 2023” program was tremendously successful, capturing the attention of not only the Vietnamese community but also the local Japanese community.

In Fukuoka alone, there are more than 20,000 Vietnamese individuals who are either studying or working.