Various Japanese festivals to be held in Hanoi this summer

Nga Do
Hanoians enjoy variety of festivals showing off the Japanese culture over the coming months. In which, Tanabata love festival will kick-start the series of Japanese festivals on May 20, where visitors will have the chance to enjoy a traditional Yosakoi performance and Sake rituals, with other exciting games at the event.
A Japanese lantern festival is scheduled to take place on the evening of June 3 after International Children’s Day (June 1). The attending children will be entertained by Japan’s traditional games, making Koinobori kites, drawing Daruma dolls, or making Bento rice. Some lucky children will receive lovely gifts from the organizing board when participating in life skills training courses.

A Japanese culinary festival will be held on June 17, bringing the series of Japanese cultural events to a close. At the event, visitors will be treated to Japanese foods such as mochi cakes, sushi, pancakes, and rice rolls. There will also be expert led lessons in the preparation of various Japanese foods. The country’s traditional handicrafts such as ceramic products, lanterns, and masks will also be on show at the event.

The Japanese summer festival is organized by the Vietnam Trading Engineering Construction Joint Stock Corporation (Vietracimex), the main investor in high end apartment project Hinode City.

Earlier, Japan Cultural Exchange Festival 2018 officially opened at the Ly Thai To Flower Park in Hanoi, as part of the activities to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Vietnam – Japan diplomatic ties.

The four-day festival includes a series of cultural and art exchange activities, introducing the unique cultural characteristics of Japan. At the event, visitors have a chance to enjoy 50 trees and 10,000 branches of cherry blossoms, along with several kinds of flowers and bonsai trees from Vietnam. On the occasion, Japanese Embassy in Vietnam presented 172 cherry blossom trees to Hanoi. They were planted at Hoa Binh (Peace) Park.

Japan is currently the third largest visitor-generating market for Vietnam’s tourism after China and South Korea. In which, Hanoi is among the top three favourite cities to travel for young Japanese people. The information is indicated in a survey revealed at a recent Investment and Trade Cooperation Promotion Conference between Hanoi and Japan.

Hanoi boasted a huge potential for tourism development, according to Hidenobu Inamine, General Director of Ryukyu Company, Japan. “Hanoians are so friendly, yet there are more room for improvement regarding the city's infrastructure still has room for improvement,” Hidenobu Inamine added.

Vietnam considers Japan as one of its key tourism markets as the country welcomed more than 740,000 Japanese visitors in 2016, up 10.3% compared to 2015. Nearly 600,000 Japan tourists visited Vietnam in 2017, up 7.8% year-on-year.

If you plan to explore Hanoi during this time, do not miss this unique festival, your trip will be more attractive than ever.

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