Warm Japan - Vietnam Friendship

By SONG ANH – MINH HAI |

(QNO) - Opened on 23rd August 2013, the 11th  Hoi An - Japan Cultural Exchange Programme has attracted  the participation of many tourists and Hoi An‘s residents. The art progammes performed by Vietnamese and Japanese artists were the gentle recommendation to participants about the friendship and solidarity between two nations.This  is one of the key activities to mark the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic relationship (1973-2013) and The Vietnam - Japan Friendly Year 2013.

Japanese artists came from Na Ha city, Okinawa province, performed traditional drums in the Cultural Exchange Festival  opening ceremony.
Japanese artists came from Na Ha city, Okinawa province, performed traditional drums in the Cultural Exchange Festival opening ceremony.

The  Hoi An-Japan Cultural Exchange Programme started with the song and dance “Hoi An - Town and Sea”. It introduced to the visitors the process of establishing and development of Hoi An trading port 400 years ago, which was the cultural converging space of a country of friendly and hospital people. After that was Shinbuyo dance - a traditional dance performed by the artists came from the “Sakura (cherry blossom) land”. The song-dance “Sounding forever the friendship song” ended the art performance and confirmed “the hundreds of years relationship and cultural exchange” between Hoi An and Japan.

The colour of Vietnamese Tradition.
The colour of Vietnamese Tradition.

The new feature of this cultural exchange were the lectures and exchange about calligraphy presented by calligrapher Takeda Souun, Japanese cuisine introduction, choir programme performed by Vietnamese and Japanese artists. Other activities such as fine arts and handicraft products of Quang Nam and Japan, Haiku poems in calligraphy, souvenir photos taken with Yukata (a Japanese traditional garment, a casual summer kimono usually made of cotton or synthetic fabric), folk art presentation, Japanese tradition drums performance… were displayed in these cultural exchange days.

A Japanese choir performance.
A Japanese choir performance.

All activities of the Hoi An-Japan Cultural Festival were organised by day and night (from 23rd to 25th August) at Chua Cau (Japanese Bridge), Nguyen Thi  Minh Khai street under street events with high community spirit.

Many delegates from Central government, provinces and Japan Consulate attended the opening ceremony.
Many delegates from Central government, provinces and Japan Consulate attended the opening ceremony.
Singer Fon Chi singing the song “Linking the great arms” of late composer Trinh Cong Son.
Singer Fon Chi singing the song “Linking the great arms” of late composer Trinh Cong Son.
A warm musical performance of Vietnam-Japan friendship and solidarity.
A warm musical performance of Vietnam-Japan friendship and solidarity.

Beside, many ebullient sport activities such as bowling football, handball, football, Japanese traditional games for children, “Hoi An, Japan and tourists” boats race, stick pushing competition, long rod performance… were held. They attracted both tourists and local residents to attend.

Playing bowling football together.
Playing bowling football together.
Practising Origami art (the traditional Japanese art of paper folding).
Practising Origami art (the traditional Japanese art of paper folding).

By SONG ANH – MINH HAI