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Japanese Kanagawa Festival in Hanoi on horizon

Released at: 14:17, 08/11/2019

Japanese Kanagawa Festival in Hanoi on horizon

The Japanese Kanagawa Festival in 2018 in Hanoi. Photo: Dangcongsan.vn

Japanese tourism and culture and that of Kanagawa Prefecture to be introduced at November 16-17 festival.

by Le Diem

A festival showcasing Japanese culture and Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture will take place at Ly Thai To Park in Hanoi on November 16 and 17.

The two-day Japanese Kanagawa Festival will introduce Kanagawa Prefecture’s destinations, culture, and travel companies and aims to raise awareness among Vietnamese about the locale and encourage them to visit.

Traditional Japanese art and music will be displayed and performed at the festival with the participation of talented young Vietnamese singer Noo Phuoc Thinh and Japanese singer Ueno Yuka, the Kanagawa Ambassador of the festival.

Within the framework of the festival, the Japanese Folk Festival will be held at the Hanoi Opera House, with tickets costing VND100,000 ($4.3). All proceeds will be donated to the Nguyen Dinh Chieu School for visually-impaired children.

There will be activities introducing tourist sites in and tour packages to Kanagawa Prefecture, including a conference promoting investment between Vietnam and the Prefecture.

Kanagawa Prefecture is located close to Tokyo and is imbued with typical Japanese features. It is well-known for its beautiful port city of Yokohama and other tourist destinations such as Hakone hot springs, the Kumakura Buddha relic area, the Ashinoko Lake tourist site, and so on.

Vietnam also organizes a Vietnamese Festival in Kanagawa to introduce the country’s tourism and culture and promote economic and trade exchanges between the two sides. It was held on September 7 and 8 this year, with the theme “Discover Vietnam”, and was the sixth holding.

Relations between Vietnam and Japan have developed strongly and comprehensively in recent years, in which culture is the pillar, according to the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. The Japanese Kanagawa Festival promises to provide a space rich with cultural identity, contributing to bringing the two countries closer together as well as honoring and promoting the traditional culture and art of the two countries.

Japan is one of the most important source markets of international tourists to Vietnam. It welcomed nearly 830,000 Japanese tourists in 2018, up 3.6 per cent against 2017. The number reached more than 620,000 in the first eight months of this year, up 13.7 per cent year-on-year.

Meanwhile, more and more Vietnamese people are traveling to Japan. In 2018, nearly 390,000 visited the country, a year-on-year increase of 26 per cent, according to the Japan National Tourist Organization. The figure stood at 337,000 in the first eight months of this year, up 28.9 per cent year-on-year. The growth in Vietnamese tourists to Japan in recent years has been the highest of all countries and territories.

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