“Vietnam Gunma Festival 2024” Showcases Vietnamese Culture in Japan

Gunma prefecture in Japan recently organized a festival to celebrate Vietnam's Tet (Lunar New Year).

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Gunma’s Governor Yamamoto Ichita, Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Pham Quang Hieu, and other delegates at the event. Photo: World & Vietnam Report

Gunma’s Governor Yamamoto Ichita and Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Pham Quang Hieu joined the Vietnamese in the province and its adjacent areas at the opening ceremony.

Over the past time, the close cooperation between Gunma and Vietnamese localities has been seen as a symbol of people-to-people exchange, and a vivid demonstration of the outcomes of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia and the World between the two countries.

In his remarks, Yamamoto spoke highly of the performance of the Vietnamese community in Gunma and thanked the ambassador for his suggestion to organize such a festival.

More than 12,000 Vietnamese are living and studying in Gunma, forming the biggest foreign community there.

Gunma’s Governor Yamamoto Ichita at the festival. Photo: World & Vietnam Report

The governor expressed his hope that the two sides will enhance their practical cooperation and mutual trust across spheres in the time ahead.

For his part, Hieu thanked the governor and local authorities for the organization of the event, saying Tet is the most important festival in a year for Vietnamese people.

The diplomat described the event as a demonstration of the attention from local authorities to the overseas Vietnamese, helping them feel secure to live, work and study in the host society.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Pham Quang Hieu speaks at the opening ceremony. Photo: World & Vietnam Report

Following the ceremony, the ambassador and the governor met seven students from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, who were selected for a cooperation program between the academy and Gunma.

Yamamoto affirmed that Gunma stands ready to welcome and create optimal conditions for the students to study in the locality.

On February 18, more than 300 Vietnamese people in Japan’s central and southern regions also gathered at a festival in Hiroshima prefecture to welcome Tet.

There are over 70,000 Vietnamese people in the central and southern regions and the Kyushu region.

Member of the Japanese House of Representatives Minoru Terada affirmed that the Japanese government and local authorities treasure their friendship with Vietnam, and hope to receive more students and skilled laborers from the Southeast Asian country.

At the festival, many traditional art performances of the two countries were held such as making Japanese mochi (a type of rice cake), calligraphy, Japanese music and drama, and Vietnamese bamboo dance./.

Rosy Huong