Hoi An Japan Festival kicks off next month

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Several art and cultural activities will be held at Chua Cau (Japanese Bridge) on August 26

The 10th Hoi An Japan Festival, part of this year's "Heritage Tourism 2012" campaign, will kick off in the ancient town of Hoi An, central province of Quang Nam, on August 24.

The opening ceremony is set to take place at Hoai River Square and will feature folk music traditional dances performed by both Vietnamese and Japanese artists.

In addition, the three-day festival will include performances by well-known singers and bands from Japan such as DJ Samurai, the Gypsy Queen band, who are scheduled to appear at the square on August 25.

Visitors to the festival can also view photo exhibitions, play folk games, screen Oscar-winning Japanese animated films, tourism, cuisine promotion of Japanese and the province, and craft fair.

Street arts, fashion shows, dancing and singing by artists of the two countries will be held in the evening of August 26 at the Chua Cau (Bridge Pagoda), a unique covered structure built by the Japanese, the only known covered bridge with a Buddhist pagoda attached to one side.

Apart from the festival, the historic town will organize the Hoi An Legendary night on August 30 to promote the country's National Tourism Year 2012.

The annual event since 2002 is co-held by the province's People's Committee, the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, and the Japan Foundation Center for Culture Exchange in Vietnam.

Hoi An is a tourist attraction and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999 as a well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port of the 15th to 19th centuries, with buildings that display a unique blend of local and foreign influences.

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