HA NOI (VNS) — A cultural festival to welcome the Japanese traditional New Year (Oshogatsu) will take place at the Ha Noi University of Science and Technology (HUST) on Saturday.
The non-profit event is held annually to reproduce Japan's traditional Oshougatsu New Year Festival in Viet Nam and promote cultural exchanges between the two countries.
During the event, a wide range of activities will be held such as musical performances, an exhibition of 100 photos featuring Japanese people and the country, Yosakoi dances and yukata-wearing (an informal, unlined kimono made of cotton).
An installation of 800 paper cranes will help visitors express their dreams and prayers for the New Year.
Participants will have the chance to better understand the unique Japanese culture through traditional games, cuisine and the making of teru teru dolls, mochi cake and calligraphy.
New Year (shogatsu or oshogatsu) is the most important holiday in Japan. The programme is organised by the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies under HUST and Japanese language club Hedspi Nichibu. — VNS