Viet Nam Festival held in Japan’s Kanagawa prefecture
Update: Sep 18, 2017
A Viet Nam Festival with the theme of “Feel Viet Nam” took place in Yokohama city of  Kanagawa Prefecture on September 16 and 17, marking it as one of the largest Vietnamese festivals in Japan.

Visitors enjoy a water puppet show in the festival 

The event was attended by Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien, Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong, Governor of Kanagawa prefecture Kuroiwa Yuji, and a large number of local residents, overseas Vietnamese in Japan and international tourists.

Addressing the opening ceremony, Kuroiwa Yuji highlighted the scale of the 2017 festival, expressing his hope that the annual event will contribute to deepening relations between Viet Nam and the Japanese prefecture.

Minister Thien spoke highly of the traditional friendship between Viet Nam and Japan, affirming that Japan is a long-term and important partner of Viet Nam.

Therefore, the relationship between Viet Nam and Kanagawa prefecture will continue developing strongly in all fields in the future, Thien said.

According to the minister, Viet Nam welcomed over 700,000 Japanese tourists in 2016, while more than 200,000 Vietnamese holiday-makers visited Japan.

He expressed his hope that the two nations will continue sharing values of the traditional cultures to bring their people closer to each other.

The festival featured over 100 stalls showcasing cultural products, food, handicrafts and specialties of Vietnamese localities.

An exhibition space affirming Viet Nam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos was also organised during the festival.

The event attracted around 500,000 visitors and contribute to the enhancement of the Viet Nam-Japan friendship while expanding economic and tourist exchanges.