|Sakura trees and branches will be exhibited in downtown Hà Nội at the Japanese Culture Exchange Festival. Photo vietnamplus.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — As many as 30 sakura trees and 10,000 sakura branches will be exhibited in downtown Hà Nội between March 23 and 26 as part of the Japanese Culture Exchange Festival.
The event, which will take place at Lý Thái Tổ Garden by Hoàn Kiếm Lake, aims to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Việt Nam–Japan diplomatic ties this year.
The event also includes various cultural exchanges, such as the introduction of the Japanese tea culture, chess, Kendama folk games and Japanese cuisine at nearby Hà Nội Children’s Palace, besides a Yosakoi dance performance by 15 teams on Đinh Tiên Hoàng and Lý Thái Tổ streets.
The event will also host various Vietnamese traditional arts such as ca trù (ceremonial singing), hát xẩm (blind busker’s singing) and folk dances.
Further, the Hà Nội authorities and Japanese partners will hold a meeting to discuss tourism, health, education and economic investment.
More than 20 food stalls will be installed at nearby Hà Nội Children’s Palace to introduce Vietnamese and Japanese food between March 23 and 25.
Japanese cooks will demonstrate the preparation of traditional food, including ramen noodles, soba noodles, takoyaki cake and sushi.
The traditional handmade products of the two countries will also be available for sale. — VNS