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Hanoi will see a two-day Vietnam Japan Spring Festival at the Giang Vo Exhibition Center on April 20 and 21

In April several events will be organized to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan.

In Ho Chi Minh City the consulate will celebrate with the Oishi Nippon Fair from April 23 to 28 at Tokyo Town restaurant. From 5pm to 9pm during that period Vietnamese guests will be served two dishes of their choice for free.

There will also be a Japanese stall at the Food and Hotel Vietnam Fair from April 24 to 26, where visitors can try some popular Japanese dishes.

Japanese chefs will also compete with their Vietnamese counterparts at the fair.

Earlier, on April 14, Japanese folk band KAIENTAI made its first appearance in Vietnam with a performance at the Ben Thanh Theater in District 1, HCMC.

Hanoi will see a two-day Vietnam Japan Spring Festival at the Giang Vo Exhibition Center on April 20 and 21.

The event used to be called the Cherry Blossom Festival, but the organizers had to change the name since they were unable to bring real trees from Japan.

"Though from 2007 to 2009 we successfully held the event with cherry blossoms, the flowers remained in good condition for only one day," Vu Khac Lien, chairman of the Japan Vietnam Cultural Association Foundation, said.

"We even tried to plant the tree thrice, but failed."

This year there will be a cherry tree made of silk from Japan.

There will also be 36 stalls selling Vietnamese and Japanese foods like udon and soba noodles, various kinds of cakes, pho, and spring rolls.

A Yosakoi dance performance, Japanese music and dance contests, origami, kirigami, and folk games will represent the cultural side of things.

People in the northern province of Quang Ninh enjoyed a more authentic Japanese ambience at a festival last week after receiving a gift of more than 200 cherry trees from the Japanese government.

Two exhibitions with nearly 200 artifacts opened on April 15 at the National Museum of History in Hanoi and Kyushu Museum in Japan, and will go on until August.

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