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Vietnam-Japan Festival lures 300,000
Minh Phong
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Vietnam-Japan Festival lures 300,000

Minh Phong

Japanese tourists in kimono, a traditional Japanese costume, pose for a photo at the fifth Vietnam-Japan Festival in HCMC’s District 1 - PHOTO: HOANG PHONG

More than 300,000 people, including locals and Japanese, visited the three-day Vietnam-Japan Festival 2018 which ended on Sunday at the September 23 Park in District 1, HCMC.

Tsutomu Takebe, special advisor to the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance and head of the organizing board, said the fifth festival was held at a special time when the two countries are celebrating the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations (1973-2018).

Since its debut in 2014, the festival has drawn the attention of Vietnamese people and the Japanese community, and contributed to fostering cultural exchange and tourism cooperation between Vietnam and Japan, he added.

A range of entertainment and cultural activities will be held throughout the year to mark the remarkable milestone of bilateral ties, Takebe added.

The festival featured a drum show, Bon-Odori dance performance, a cosplay fashion show, food booths and sporting activities.

HCMC chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong said the long-standing friendship and relationship between Vietnam and Japan can be seen in various fields like economy, politics, education, science and technology.

Japan is now the sixth largest foreign investor in HCMC with around 1,000 valid projects worth US$4 billion and also the fourth largest visitor-generating market for the city. 

Phong said he hopes the festival will further deepen ties between Vietnam and Japan in the years to come.

Tran Thi My Duyen, a second-year student of Japanese studies at the HCMC University Social Sciences and Humanities, told the Daily on Saturday that this is also the second time she has joined the cultural event awash with traditional Japanese rituals, which are essential for her major apart from improving her Japanese language proficiency by communicating with Japanese tourists.

Data from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) shows nearly 798,000 Japanese tourists came to Vietnam last year, a pickup of 7.8% against a year earlier. This year, the country looks to more than one million Japanese tourists.

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