Party marks 40 years of Japan-Vietnam ties in HCMC

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A traditional dance performed by Japanese artists at Japan Day in Ho Chi Minh City on June 20

Japanese dances, music, magic and other performances complemented the famed food of that country at a celebration of the 40th anniversary of Vietnam Japan diplomatic ties in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday.

Japan Day opened at the Sheraton Hotel's ballroom with a traditional lion dance to the accompaniment of Japanese wadaiko drumming dating back to the second century.

Following that, Japanese masters continued to wow the audience with performances ranging from tezuma, a 400-year-old traditional magic, to enka, or sentimental ballad music. 

The performances were enlivened by background music featuring traditional instruments like shamisen, Japanese three-stringed instrument, and shakuhachi, an end-blown flute, and dances.

The audience was also treated to delicacies, including the world-famous wagashi (confectionery), made by chefs from Kyoto and Tokyo.

In his opening speech, Harumitsu Hida, Japanese consul in HCMC, said he hoped the event would strengthen understanding, thus deepening the ties between Vietnam and Japan.

Vietnam is expected to throw a similar birthday party in Japan.

Japan Day was organized in Hanoi on June 18.

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