Tokyo’s Vietnam Festival Attracts Big Turnout

Hundreds of visitors gathered at Ikebukuro Park in Tokyo on April 8th to witness the opening of the two-day Vietnam festival.

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At the opening ceremony. Photo: Do Quang Ba
At the opening day. Photo: Do Quang Ba

The Vietnam Festival in Japan, themed “Hope”, was held at Ikebukuro park, Tokyo, on the weekend, kicking off a series of exchanges to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, according to the Vietnam News Agency (VNA).

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim at the Vietnamese Embassy in Japan, Nguyen Duc Minh, highlighted the remarkable growth of the Vietnam-Japan relationship in recent years. He also noted that the Vietnamese community in Japan has grown significantly, now playing an integral role in the country’s society.

The event provides an opportunity for the Vietnamese community living in Japan and Japanese individuals who have an interest in Vietnam to engage in meaningful interactions and gain a deeper understanding of one another, he added.

Art performance at the festival. Source: V-Artists Club
Art performance at the festival. Source: V-Artists|Vietnamese Artists in Tokyo

Talking with the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kei Takagi in Tokyo, there will be many exciting exchanges between Japan and Vietnam in the near future. Not just on a people-to-people and local level, but also between governments. Through these activities, more Japanese citizens will become interested in Vietnam and may even choose the country as their next vacation destination. Talking with VNA in Tokyo, Japanese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kei Takagi said following the event, there will be many vibrant exchange activities between the two countries, not only at the people-to-people and local levels but also at the Government level. He said through those activities, more Japanese people will become interested in Vietnam and choose the country as a tourist destination.

At the festival, both Japanese and international visitors had the chance to experience a variety of remarkable cultural performances from both countries, as well as savor the renowned Vietnamese traditional dishes at over 20 booths.

During the two-day event, activities that sought to popularize Vietnam, its people, and its tourism industry were co-organized by the Vietnamese Embassy and businesses in Japan.

After the festival in Tokyo, similar festivities will be held in other cities such as Osaka and Fukuoka.

Vietnam's banh mi liked by many people at the festival. Source: Dinh Doan
Vietnam’s banh mi liked by many people at the festival. Source: Dinh Doan

The eighth edition of the Vietnam-Japan Festival is scheduled to take place from July 13 to July 16 in the central coastal city of Da Nang, according to the Da Nang Department of Foreign Affairs, as reported by Voice of Vietnam (VOV).

The 8th Vietnam-Japan Festival is an event organized to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. It seeks to facilitate international collaboration between the city, diplomatic missions, consulates of Japan in Vietnam, and Japanese businesses.

A plethora of cultural exchanges between Vietnam and Japan will be held during the festival, including musical and wrestling performances. This will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to experience the richness of both countries’ cultures.

In order to cultivate stronger business relationships, a series of seminars are scheduled to take place. These seminars aim to promote tourism to Japan, as well as provide details about studying in the country. This will help ensure that both local and international businesses can take advantage of the opportunities that Japan has to offer.

Hannah Nguyen