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Japan cultural festival in HCMC attracts big crowds

By Dat Thanh

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HCMC – Thousands of people came to downtown HCMC to visit the 9th Vietnam-Japan Festival at the September 23 Park on the weekend.

The annual event, co-hosted by Japan and the HCMC People’s Committee on March 9 and 10, celebrated 50 years of diplomatic relations and marked the beginning of a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two nations.

With a variety of activities, including trade, food, tourism, and cultural events featuring Vietnamese and Japanese products, the festival further strengthened ties between Vietnam and Japan.

Visitors enjoyed traditional Japanese dances, J-POP performances, cosplay, snow sledding, and Japanese cuisine.

Speaking at the opening ceremony on March 9, Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang said he hoped for strengthened bilateral ties across various sectors, including economy, tourism and technology.

Decorated in Japanese street style, the park captivates festival-goers
A local girl is all smiles as she enjoys artificial-snow sledding
An event staff operates a special machine to create artificial snow
The festival offers a chance to play with snow, which delights children and teenagers
A festival-goer experiences baseball, Japan’s most popular participatory and spectator sport
Visitors play Shogi, a traditional Japanese chess game, at the festival
A resident tries Yukata, which is a traditional Japanese dress
An event staff offers Japanese soft drinks to a visitor
Local university students stage a traditional dance performance
Young Vietnamese join Japanese card games at the festival

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