Festival marks 15-year cooperation between Hoi An and Japanese community

The historic city of Hoi An will re-enact a 17th century wedding parade held for Princess Ngoc Hoa and Japanese businessman Araki Sotaro in the old quarter as part of the 14th annual Hoi An-Japan Culture Festival from August 18-20. Hoai River in Hoi An The city’s Culture and Sports Centre said the parade marks the relationship between the Japanese community and Hoi An city 400 years ago when Japanese traders docked at the busy trading port. The homes built by many of these traders have been preserved. Local residents preserve the tombs of Japanese traders who died in Hoi An in the 17th century. The oldest was Tani Yajirobei’s, who was believed to have died in 1647, and his records include the oldest and clearest information related to his life, including a love affair with a local woman. The love story reflected the close relationship between Japanese traders and Hoi An residents during a wealthy period of the town’s history in the early 17th century. Japanese singers Min, Ueno Yuuka, One Asia Join Concert band, and the Hanoi Sennen Yosakoi Dance team will perform at the festival along with local folk art troupes. Vietnamese and Japanese participants will demonstrate cosplays and martial arts performances of karate, judo, Vietnamese traditional Vovinam, while craftsmen will offer visitors traditional Yukata try-ons, origami (paper folding) and local lantern making. Artist Nguyen Quoc Dung will display his photo collection at the city’s Sculpture Park on the Hoai River bank, while French photographer Rehahn will…... [read more]

The historic city of Hội An will re-enact a 17th century wedding parade held for Princess Ngọc Hoa and Japanese businessman Araki Sotaro in the old quarter as part of the 14th annual Hội An-Japan Culture Festival on August 18-20. The Hoài River in Hội An city. - VNS Photos Công Thành The city’s Culture and Sports Centre said the parade marks the relationship between the Japanese community and Hội An city 400 years ago when Japanese traders docked at the busy trading port. The homes built by many of these traders have been preserved. Local residents preserve the tombs of Japanese traders who died in Hội An in the 17th century. The oldest was Tani Yajirobei’s, who is believed to have died in 1647, and his records include the oldest and clearest information related to his life, including a love affair with a local woman. The love story reflected the close relationship between Japanese traders and Hội An residents during a wealthy period of the town’s history in the early 17th century. Japanese singers Min, Ueno Yuuka, One Asia Join Concert band, and the Hà Nội Sennen Yosakoi Dance team will perform at the festival along with local folk art troupes. Vietnamese and Japanese participants will demonstrate cosplays and martial arts performances of karate, judo, Vietnamese traditional Vovinam, while craftsmen will offer visitors traditional Yukata try-ons, origami (paper folding) and local…... [read more]

A Japanese modern life photo exhibition and artefacts, including photos, depicting the traditional friendship, co-operation and historical ties between Vietnam and Japan was held on the opening day. In the next two days, there will be Japanese calligraphy and "origami" paper folding art, folk games and Japanese cooking classes, and many other activities. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch traditional Japanese drum performances. For those who are nostalgic for second grade, tug-of-war games will also be held. "Obondori," a 500-year-old dance performed during the Obon Summer Festival in Japan, and Vietnam's folk dance "Trong Com" will take place on August 7, the last day of the festival.Audiences who yearn for academic seminars can join two workshops entitled "Environment in Hoi An" and "World Heritage Preservation" with the participation of experts from the two countries.... [read more]

The festival will begin with a photo exhibition on the architecture of Hoi An and Kyoto ancient towns which will display photos featuring Vietnamese people 20 years after the end of the war taken by Japanese photographer Oishi Yoshino, a passionate activist in promoting Vietnam-Japan friendship. The opening ceremony slated for August 11 at the Hoai River square will bring visitors a fashion show of Hoi An and Kimono costumes and dances by Vietnamese and Japanese artists. During the festival, other cultural activities will be launched such as displays of the Japanese tea ceremony, calligraphy, Vietnamese folk games anda painting exhibition showing the ancient towns of Japan and Hoi An in Vietnam by Japanese painter Goto.... [read more]

TOUCH 2013 is being co-organized by the Vang Anh Culture Company and TOF Vietnam Company from Vietnam, and the CL Support Company from Japan, with assistance from the Consulate General of Japan in HCM City. The festival aims to help young people learn more about Vietnamese and Japanese cultures through music, cosplay performances, cartoons, dances, games and comics. A Cos TOUCH competition will be held to prepare for Vietnam’s participation in the World Cosplay Competition in Japan in August 2013. The festival will feature 25 stalls offering discounted books, souvenirs, and toys, as well as favourite food from both countries. The event expects to attract about 15,000 young people from HCM City and the neighbouring areas.... [read more]

The event, jointly held by the HCM City Union of Friendship Organisations and the municipal Department for Culture, Sports and Tourism, was part of celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties. During the festival, various cultural and sports activities took place, including a cuisine exhibition, a poem exchange programme, a tea making art, a fencing performance, Yosakoi dancing, and ornamental fish show. A lacquer painting exhibition was also held to showcase 50 artworks created by Tran Quan Ngoc, Chairman of Esperanto International Language Association, with a focus on the beauty of Japanese people and their land. A charity programme was also launched at the event to raise funds for the poor and disadvantaged children in mountainous and remote areas. The Vietnam-Japan Hiroshima Association donated 300,000 Japanese yen in support of poor patients in HCM City and the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap.... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge – The 2016 Japan – Viet Nam Festival, an event that aims to promote tourism between the two countries, begins today at the HCM City’s September 23 Park. Cosplay performances will be featured at the 2016 Japan – Viet Nam Festival in HCM City. — VNS File Photo The three-day festival will feature cosplay, anime and manga, as well as Vietnamese and Japanese music and dance. The highlight of the event will be music performances by artists like pop singer Hitomi Shimatani, singer and dancer Daichi Miura, traditional folk and contemporary music artist Takio Ito, girl band Pink Diamond, and a taiko (a broad range of Japanese percussion instruments) drumming troupe. There will be a parade of Pikachu, the most popular character in the Japanese anime Pokemon, as well as a cosplay contest. Talks on trade, agriculture, handicrafts, human resources, education, and the movie industry and culture will also be held. More than 140 booths offering food, manga, games, clothes and souvenirs of Viet Nam and Japan will be set up. Tsutomu Takebe, a special advisor to the Japan – Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance, and head of the organising committee, said the festival was expected to attract 180,000 young people from the city and neighbouring provinces. related news Da Nang to host VN-Japan cultural festival Vietnam Comics Day 2016 to be held in Hanoi Hanoians prepare for cosplay contest VNS... [read more]

The PM made the statement at a reception for visiting Governor of Mie prefecture Eikei Suzuki in Ha Noi on November 14, during which he affirmed that Viet Nam considers Japan its leading and long-term partner. The extensive Viet Nam-Japan strategic partnership has been growing strongly and practically in all fields over the past years, he said, highlighting the significance of boosting locality-to-locality exchange and cooperation to accelerating relations between the two countries. Many Japanese businesses have invested in Viet Nam and made success. The two sides should further strengthen investment cooperation to turn Japan, from the second largest, into the largest foreign investor in Viet Nam, PM Phuc recommended. The Vietnamese Government and localities pledge to create favorable conditions for foreign investors, including those from Japan, he affirmed. The host suggested facilitating Viet Nam-Mie ties in the tourism and labor sectors and enhancing cultural exchange between the two countries and their localities, alongside the Viet Nam cultural festivals held in Japan and the Japan cultural festivals organized in Viet Nam. For his part, Eikei Suzuki noted that Mie enterprises are seeking cooperation and exchange opportunities in Viet Nam in various areas, including culture, economics, investment and environment, with most of the prefecture’s small and medium-sized companies listing the Southeast Asian country among their top choices for overseas investment. As home to many world-famous technology brands such as Honda, Toyota and Toshiba, Suzuki, Mie wishes to strengthen ties with Viet Nam in this field, Suzuki said. The Mie delegations also…... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - The People`s Committee of Hoi An city and Embassy of Japan in Vietnam jointly held the 14th annual Hoi An - Japan Cultural Festival from August 15-16 in the central province of Quang Nam. Thousands of locals and visitors flocked to the ancient town of Hoi An to celebrate the annual Hoi An - Japan Cultural Festival on August 15. The cultural event aims to strengthen the strong relationship between Hoi An town in particular and Vietnam in general with Japan. The event is the biggest rendezvous for the Japanese community living in Hoi An and the central region, and a chance for local residents and tourists to experience Japanese culture. Speaking at the event, Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Fukada Hiroshi praised the relationship between the two countries, emphasising that Hoi An city is a typical symbol of the long time relationship between Vietnam and Japan. The Vietnam - Japan relationship is developing stronger, the diplomat added. Ambassador Fukada Hiroshi also said the traditional Japanese culture including Kimono, Manga comics, Cosplay, has been welcomed by Vietnamese people. During the festival, cultural performances, photo exhibitions, sports activities, fashion show and folk games will take place on stages at the city’s rest-stop site in Bach Dang street, the Sculpture Park, the Old Quarter and the Japanese Bridge. Besides, craftsmen from Sakai will introduce their products at the Sculpture Park on the festival in addition to Japanese calligraphy training, Origami art and Vietnamese palm leaf folding. The festival will include…... [read more]

Le Van Thanh, Vice Chairman of the Quang Nam provincial People’s Committee, said: “The Vietnamese-Japanese relationship has developed for more than 400 years. The previous Hoi An-Japan Cultural Festivals attracted a lot of Vietnamese and Japanese visitors. The event aims to strengthen the Japanese-Vietnamese relationship, particularly between Hoi An and Japan, and to make Japanese and Vietnamese people understand more about the two countries’ relationships.”... [read more]




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