Hoi An – Japan cultural exchange
Hoi An – Japan cultural exchange 2019 opens
The 17th cultural exchange between Vietnam’s
Hoi An and Japan opened in Hoi An city, central Quang Nam province, on
The wedding of Vietnamese Princess Ngoc Hoa and Japanese merchant
Sotaro Araki is reenacted at the cultural exchange. (Photo: sggp.org.vn)
The event, which has been held annually since
2003, was jointly organised by the People’s Committee of Hoi An city and the
Japanese Embassy in Vietnam.
The exchange saw the participation of three localities from Japan, namely
Sakai city, Matsusaka city and Nagasaki province, which owned international
seaports and had close contact with Hoi An more than 400 years ago.
The exchange will run until August 11, featuring diverse cultural activities
of both nations, including the display of handicraft products, a photo
exhibition, Japanese calligraphy, traditional art performances, a Hoi An –
Japan sports competition, Yosakoi dance, Cosplay performances, Origami
performance, and others.
In particular, the event re-enacts the wedding of Vietnamese Princess Ngoc
Hoa and Japanese merchant Sotaro Araki on the afternoon of August 10 and 11
on the Hoai River.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Vice Chairman of the Hoi An city People’s
Committee Nguyen Van Son said that the annual cultural exchange taking place
over the past 16 years has demonstrated the determination to nurture and
promote the time-honoured friendship between Vietnam and Japan in general
and between Hoi An and the Japanese cities in particular.
He noted the event will be a great opportunity for tourists, Japanese and
locals to admire and experience unique cultural and art activities of both
Vietnam and Japan.