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A Melody Celebrating the Strong Bond between Vietnam and Japan Echoed in Tokyo

The Vietnamese song "Tomodachi - Tinh ban" was performed by 5 Vietnamese students and students from Tomigaya elementary school in Tokyo, showcasing the deep bond between the people of Vietnam and Japan that has thrived throughout their shared history and will continue to flourish.

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Hundreds of Japanese students participated in an international exchange day on October 14 at Tomigaya Elementary School in Tokyo, Japan. At the event, five young Vietnamese people won awards in the singing contest for the Vietnam – Japan friendship song “Tomodachi – Tinh ban” (Tomodachi – Friendship) on the 50th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan.





Japanese students could learn about Vietnam by presenting their understanding of Vietnamese dishes, culture, tourism potential or the differences between Japanese and Vietnamese education. Meanwhile, Vietnamese young people have the opportunity to understand the learning activities of Japanese students better. Together they express their dreams of a world of peace, solidarity, and mutual affection.




The best five performers of the contest on singing “Tomodachi – Tinh ban”, are invited to come to Japan to join an exchange and sing in chorus with local youngsters. Photo: VOV




The song “Tomodachi – Tinh ban” has been held across Vietnam by the special committee for the 50th founding anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties (September 21, 1973 – 2023) under the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Ho Chi Minh City in coordination with several agencies and units of the two countries.





The song is a declaration of equal friendship, regardless of distance, age, ethnicity, skin color, as long as people agree and understand. The lyrics testify that the people of Vietnam and Japan will create a wonderful, peaceful and happy world.





The organizers hope that by singing with one voice and singing one song, the message of the Vietnam – Japan friendship will be continued and passed on to future generations.




At the international exchange day on October 14 at Tomigaya Elementary School in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: VOV




The song is currently being sung in many events celebrating the bilateral diplomatic relations, and being popularized at schools in both countries.





The contest went through two months of online selection and five face-to-face selection sessions in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang, Can Tho, and Hai Phong with the participation of 800 children nationally. In particular, the contest received enthusiastic support from authorities, schools, and organizations throughout Vietnam.





The organizing committee has selected the five best participants, who not only have excellent musical talents but are also typical representatives of the enthusiastic Vietnamese young generation. That is 10-year-old Candy Ngoc Ha from Ho Chi Minh City; 19-year-old Lu Ngoc Thao Ngan from Can Tho City; 15-year-old Tran Ha My, 10-year-old Nguyen Tran Chi Thien and Ali Thuc Phuong from Hanoi.




Students interact with each other. Photo: VOV




Currently, they are participating in cultural exchange and choir activities with Japanese students from December 12 – 20 in Tokyo and Osaka, while experiencing history, culture, and famous scenic spots of Japan.



Video: AAB Vietnam Official

Hannah Nguyen