Japan-Vietnam Day went splendidly last Sunday, July 8, at Ho Chi Minh City's Youth Culture Center.
This event was organized by the Japanese General Consulate in HCMC in cooperation with the HCMC Youth Culture Centre and Japan Foundation to promote cultural exchange between Japan and Vietnam,.
During the one day festival, there were diversified cultural activities which included musical performances by Japanese artists on acoustic guitar and the koto (a traditional Japanese instrument); the screening of Japanese documentaries; workshops on both traditional and modern Japanese crafts such as kite-making, paper box creation and the decoration of paper fans; and a demonstration of tricks performed with yo-yos.
A conference was held regarding studying in Japan at noon, followed by a Japanese singing competition and cosplay (costume play) performance.
Different types of Japanese food such as sushi and fried cakes were also sold at the event.
Some cultural activities took place at the same time at different venues inside the HCMC Youth Culture Center, all of them attracting large crowds.
Vietweek interviewed some students at the event about their personal experience.
"This is the first time I joined this event and this morning I arrived at 9am. I enjoyed the exhibition and the musical performances by the Japanese artists. I think the exhibition gave me a panoramic view of Japan. I am very happy to have had the chance to meet and communicate with many people," said Ton Nu Thi Dieu, a student from HCMC's College of Foreign Economic Relations.
Dieu who was having sushi with a friend, said she has been studying Japanese for around seven months and wants to learn more about Japanese culture.
Beside Dieu sat Mai Vinh, a student at HCMC's Information Technology College, who was also enjoying Japanese snacks.
"This is the first time I have tried Japanese food"”very exotic with uncooked fishes, but I like it. This morning I came to the musical performance. I think the Japanese artists combine very well, traditional and modern instruments. Regarding the photo exhibition, there have been too many people around so I not yet visited it yet," Vinh said.