Fukushima fest seeks to allay radiation fears

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A Japanese tea ceremony conducted by a Japanese woman wearing the traditional Kimono

A two-day "Fukushima Festival" held in Hanoi this weekend will promote the image of a healthy, safe city that is recovering from what is said to be the worst nuclear disaster after former Soviet Union's Chernobyl.

The disaster happened after a massive tsunami struck Japan in 2011.

The festival is an important event in a series of activities celebrating the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Japan, the Vietnam Women's Museum, which is hosting the event in co-operation with the Japanese Embassy in Hanoi, said in a press release.

The November 2-3 exhibition at the museum will introduce a "new" Fukushima to the Vietnamese people, the release said.

It said suspicions of radiation "will disappear," and the Japanese city would see as "a healthy, safe area with traditional culture and sustainable development."

A display traditional industries in the city, one of the "tsunami event" and another of a two-year process of rebuilding the city, film screenings, a Japanese traditional garment Kimono show, folk dances, Ikebana flower arrangements and a demonstration of Japanese tea ceremony will also be part of the festival.

Entrance to the event is free.
 
The Museum of Vietnamese Women is located at 36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street.

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