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Japanese cherry blossom festival coming to Hà Nội

The Japan Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual event designed to strengthen the friendship between Viet Nam and Japan. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HA NOI — The 2019 Japan Cherry Blossom Festival will come to Ly Thai To Park beside Hoan Kiem Lake in Ha Noi on March 29-31.

The festival should coincide with the blooming of Japanese cherry blossoms, and will feature various activities to introduce Japanese culture and enhance ties between the two countries.

Visitors will enjoy Yosakoi (a unique style of street dance performed by large teams), Japanese cuisine, Shogi (Japanese chess) and Kendama (literally translated as sword and ball, it is a traditional toy with a ball on a string).

Vietnamese arts will also be part of the festival including ca tru (ceremonial singing) and hat xam (blind buskers’ music).

Conferences on promoting investment and tourism as well as exchange programmes on education and health care will take place with the participation of 300 delegates from the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) and related agencies.

The organising board will select a goodwill ambassador for the first time to enhance the Viet Nam–Japan friendship.

She should have knowledge of and interest in Japan and fluent Japanese speaking ability, according to the Ha Noi City People’s Committee. Vietnamese women who are over 18 years old can apply for the selection.

The ambassador will join in future cultural activities to enhance the international friendship.

This year’s festival will be organised by the Ha Noi City People’s Committee and the Ha Noi Department of Culture and Sports in co-ordination with the Japanese Embassy in Viet Nam and Japan’s Wanokai International Culture Association. — VNS

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