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Hinode City to host Japanese Summer Festival

Released at: 10:37, 18/05/2018

Hinode City to host Japanese Summer Festival

Photo: Hinode City

Typical Japanese festivals - the Tanabata Festival, the Furin Wind Chime Festival and the Nebuta Lantern Festival - will bring a Japanese feel to Hanoi this summer.

by Le Diem

The Japanese-style Hinode City in Hanoi’s Minh Khai Street will host the Japanese Summer Festival from May 20.

The Tanabata Festival features hundreds of pieces of written wishes hung on green bamboo. A traditional Yosakoi dance will be performed, and a Kagami-biraki ceremony will also be held. Kagami-biraki is a ceremony performed at celebratory events in which the lid of a sake barrel is broken open by a wooden mallet and the sake is served to everyone present. Kagami refers to the lid of the sake barrel and biraki means “to open” so kagami-biraki literally means “opening the lid”. Because of the lid’s round shape, the kagami is a symbol of harmony. The Kagami-biraki ceremony, therefore, represents an opening to harmony and good fortune.

Meaning the “Evening of the Seventh”, the Tanabata Festival celebrates the stars in the sky and is held in Japan on the seventh day of July. It also celebrates the meeting of Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair), who are, according to legend, separated from each other by the Milky Way and are only allowed to meet once a year, on July 7 and at some places on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar. People in Japan generally celebrate the day by writing wishes on small pieces of paper and hanging them and sometimes other decorations on bamboo. The bamboo and decorations are often set afloat on a river or burned after the festival.

On June 3, Hinode City will be animated by the Furin Wind Chime Festival and the Nebuta Lantern Festival, two other famous summer festivals in Japan. Traditional Japanese games will be held for kids on the occasion of International Children’s Day, June 1, including making Koinobori kites and painting Daruma dolls and wind chimes.

The summer festival ends on June 17 with a Japanese Cuisine Festival, presenting the chance to enjoy exquisite Japanese sushi, mochi, pancakes, and so on. Visitors also have the opportunity to prepare dishes under the instruction of cuisine experts. Japanese handicraft products are also available, such as ceramics, lanterns, masks, and other souvenirs.

The Japanese Summer Festival is being organized by the investor of Hinode City - the Vietracimex Construction Trade Joint Stock Company. Hinode City is a luxury apartment complex in Hanoi with a Japanese style. The festival aims to introduce the culture and lifestyle of Japan amid the design and services Hinode City offers.

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