The Hanoitimes - Vietnam Festival 2018 will be held at the Yoyogi Park in Tokyo from 10:00 am and 8:00 pm on May 19 and 20.
The festival is part of activities in celebration of 45 years of the two countries’ diplomatic relations, Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong was quoted as saying.
It is an opportunity for overseas Vietnamese to remember their home country and for Japanese friends to learn more about Vietnam, Cuong added.
After a decade, Vietnam Festival has become a big draw to both Vietnamese and Japanese living around Tokyo. In 2017, the number of attendees amounted to 180,000.
Vietnam Festival 2018 to be held in Japan.
General Secretary of the festival’s organising board Aoyagi Youichirou highlighted the significant meaning of the event to people-to-people exchange between Vietnam and Japan.
This year it will build on the success of the past editions to contribute to boosting mutual understanding and bilateral ties, he added.
The festival will feature 110 stalls classified into four categories of traditional cuisine, entertainment, music, and tourism. Performances of Japanese artists and Vietnamese singers and students will take place on the main stage. Vietnam Festival 2018 is expected to draw 150,000 visitors.
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. Japan is currently the third largest visitor-generating market for Vietnam’s tourism after China and South Korea, according to Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.
Vietnam expects to welcome one million Japanese tourists in 2018. To achieve the goal, the city has organised tourism fairs and conferences and signed a number of cooperation memoranda of understanding with Japanese partners.