|Japanese Consult General in Ho Chi Minh City Hida Harumitsu (R) and city leaders at the meeting (Photo:SGGP)|
The friendship between the two countries has been much appreciated, said Japanese Consult General in Ho Chi Minh City Hida Harumitsu. The general, in collaboration with Japanese and Vietnamese businesses, regularly held cultural exchange activities to celebrate progress in culture and good economic relations in 2013.
Hida Harumitsu hopes these relations will harbor developments for the New Year.
The cooperation between the countries have led such projects as ODA loans, nuclear power plants, Long Thanh International Airport, hydropower stations, ecological urban development, Japanese-Vietnamese Cho Ray Hospital, and environmental projects to alleviate climate change.
The idioms and proverbs of Vietnam and Japan are similar, said Hida Harumitsu. He studied two years of Vietnamese language in university before working in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. He believes Vietnamese is a difficult language and regularly practices pronunciation.
There is an intimate atmosphere when both children and adults participate in New Year activities, said Hida Harumitsu. Japanese culture calls for similar New Year activities as Vietnamese culture. Hida Harumitsu appreciates the intimacy in Vietnamese tradition because it brings children and adults to celebrate together.
Because flowers cannot bloom during winter, Japan rarely showcases flowers during the Lunar New Year. In contrast, Vietnam showcases flowers all over the country.