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Vietnam-Japan cultural space opened in Hoi An

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Vietnam-Japan cultural space opened in Hoi An

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc pose for a photo at the launching ceremony of the Vietnamese-Japanese cultural space in Hoi An City on November 11 - PHOTO: VGB

Vietnam’s central province of Quang Nam and the Japanese prefecture of Nagasaki last week inaugurated a Vietnamese-Japanese cultural space on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street and in the area around the iconic Cau Pagoda (Chua Cau) in the World Heritage-listed town of Hoi An, according to local media reports.

The opening ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, who came to Vietnam last week to attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in neighboring Danang City.

Dinh Van Thu, chairman of Quang Nam Province, was quoted by local media as saying at the opening ceremony that the cultural space includes exhibition, cultural and art performance, especially Chau an thuyen (red-seal ship), and Japanese merchant sailing ships bound for Southeast Asian ports with red-sealed letters issued by the early Tokugawa shogunate in the first half of the 17th century, as a gift from the Japanese prefecture to Hoi An.

Visitors can watch performances of traditional costumes and musical instruments of the two countries, admire Origami (the Japanese art of folding paper), discover the art of Japanese tea making and cuisine, release colorful paper lanterns onto the Hoai River, and learn about Japanese and Vietnamese handicrafts, the Government news website reported.

The space is a symbol of the long-standing and fruitful relationship between Vietnam and Japan and aimed at promoting cultural exchanges between the two countries and diversifying tourism in Quang Nam Province.

This is one of the activities to celebrate the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Danang and the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Japan (September 21, 1973-2018).

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