The Viet Nam Festival 2018 kicked off at Yoyogi park in the
Japanese capital of Tokyo on May 19 on the occasion of the 128th birth
anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc
Cuong said that the event is part of important activities to take place in Japan
in 2018 in celebration of the 45th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties.
Besides Tokyo, the Viet Nam Festival will be organised in other localities
across Japan, including Fukuoka, Aichi, Osaka, Kanagawa, and Saitama, within
this year, Cuong added.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda expressed his delight at the
development of the two countries’ relations, while hoping that the friendship
will be strengthened to meet aspirations.
Deputy head of the Japan-Viet Nam Friendship Association Motoyoshi Ryoikichi
told the Vietnam News Agency that the bilateral ties are in a flourishing
There are around 240,000 Vietnamese people living in Japan, a tenfold increase
compared with the figure five years ago.
The Viet Nam festival was first held in Japan in September 2008, becoming the
biggest-ever festival of Viet Nam held in the country, attracting 150,000
visitors in just three days.
Since then, the festival has been organised annually and become the largest
cultural exchange event between the two countries.
This year’s event has 120 pavilions, including 60 cuisine ones, and 50 others
introducing the image of Vietnamese land and people and Vietnamese goods, along
with art performances.
The two-day festival is expected to attract over 150,000 visitors..