Promoting Vietnam-Japan Cultural Exchanges and Friendship – Higashi Hiroshima Festival

A vibrant festival was held in Higashi Hiroshima city, located in the Hiroshima Prefecture of Japan, on February 18. This festival aimed to commemorate Vietnam's Lunar New Year and the flourishing diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Japan (1973-2024). The event showcased a plethora of captivating activities, offering an exhilarating experience for attendees.

At the event (Photo: VOV)

Addressing the event, the Vietnamese Consul General in Fukuoka, Vu Chi Mai, emphasized that the festival marks the beginning of numerous festive activities and forums scheduled for this year. These activities aim to strengthen friendships and promote the image of Vietnam and its people to the regions of Japan, and vice versa.

Through the festival, the organizers hope to increase Japanese people’s and international friends’ understanding of Vietnam’s development potential, especially in tourism, agriculture, and industry. They also seek to raise awareness about the Vietnamese community in the South Central region of Japan and their efforts to enhance collaboration between the two countries in various fields.

The booths at the festival showcased handicrafts, tourism products, and food from both Vietnam and Japan.

Approximately 300 participants had the opportunity to try making Japanese cakes, experience playing traditional musical instruments, and enjoy calligraphy performances.

Moreover, Vietnamese students from Hiroshima University performed songs expressing their love for their homeland and showcased the traditional bamboo dance known as “Múa Sạp,” which originates from the northwest highland region of Vietnam. This dance is typically performed during special occasions such as the Lunar New Year, also known as Tet in Vietnam.