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All set for Japanese Cultural Exchange Festival 2018

Released at: 18:17, 21/03/2018

All set for Japanese Cultural Exchange Festival 2018

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Cultural activities and displays of cherry blossoms to animate Ly Thai To Garden in Hanoi from March 23 to 26.

by Le Diem

The Japanese Cultural Exchange Festival 2018 will take place from March 23 to 26 at Ly Thai To Garden by Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan.

Visitors can admire 50 cherry trees, around 10,000 cherry blossom branches, bonsai trees, and a range of flowers from Vietnam and Hanoi. About 200 cherry trees will also be planted at Hoa Binh (Peace) Park in the capital.

Sixteen booths will introduce Japanese culture, such as tea ceremonies, xiangqi, kimono and yukata (traditional Japanese costumes), Japanese Shogi chess and Japanese Kendama folk games. Yosakoi dance (traditional Japanese dance) will be also performed at the garden by 1,000 people on March 24 and 25, together with traditional Vietnamese music such as ca tru (ceremonial singing), hat xam (blind busker singing), and folk dance.

More than 20 food stalls will offer Vietnamese and Japanese food at the nearby Hanoi Children’s Palace. Japanese cooks will demonstrate preparing traditional food, including ramen noodles, soba noodles, takoyaki cake, and sushi. There will be ten booths for cuisine from Vietnam such as pho, bun thang (noodle soup with pork, chicken and egg), nem (fried spring roll), and banh cuon (a thin, wide sheet of steamed fermented rice batter filled with a mixture of cooked seasoned ground pork, minced wood ear mushrooms, and minced shallots).

Traditional handmade products from the two countries will also be available.

Hanoi authorities and their Japanese partners will meet to discuss cooperation in tourism, health, education and economic investment on the sidelines of the festival.

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