Vietnam-Japan cultural festival ends in Hoi An

The three-day “Vietnam-Japan Cultural Exchange Days” festival ended in Hoi An on August 16.

A Japanese performance of traditional drums (Photo:Tuoi Tre)

More than 500 Japanese specialists, artists, businesspeople, and volunteers came to the ancient town and joined hands with local authorities to organize various cultural events.

In what was one of the highlights, a “Japanese People’s Street”, which existed in Hoi An 400 years ago, was revived. It showed the organizers’ desire to strengthen the friendship between Vietnam and Japan, Japanese Ambassador Mitsuo Sakaba said.

The band Takatomi Seiungumi played the traditional Japanese drum, Rhym Collection and drummer Aya Tap performed a tap dance, while the band Gypsy Queen and pianist Higuchi Ayuko enthralled the audience.

Other activities included a tea ceremony, cuisine show, displays of traditional garments like the kimono and yukata, and folk games for children.

The host nation treated the visitors to the “Vietnamese cultural space” exhibition, where more than 30 booths showcased the characteristics of the northern, central, and southern regions.

A Dong Son bronze drum was cast using the traditional technique on Hoi An’s streets, leaving a deep impression on Japanese and other visitors.

An international seminar titled “Hoi An-10 years of being a World Cultural Heritage Site” and held on August 15 and 16 attracted hundreds of specialists and university students from Vietnam, Japan, and neighboring countries.

There were also several other events -- like a children’s painting contest titled “I love green island” and a volleyball match between Japanese and locals on Cu Lao Cham (Cham island).

The people’s committees of Quang Nam Province and Hoi An town handed over a UNESCO certificate recognizing Cu Lao Cham (Cham Island) as a World Biosphere Reserve to island authorities at the closing ceremony.

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Sources: Sai Gon Giai Phong, Tuoi Tre – translated by Kim Khanh

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