Hanoi set to take bloom with Japanese cherry trees


A Japanese cultural exchange will be held from March 23-26 in Hanoi to mark the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties.

The opening ceremony is scheduled to take place at 8pm on March 23 at Ly Thai To Flower Garden, featuring a host of cultural and art activities.

The highlight of the event will be the display of 30 flowering cherry trees, 10,000 cherry blossom branches and bonsai plants from March 23-26. After the display, Japan will present some cherry blossom trees to Hanoi.

The event will also feature spaces for Japanese and Vietnamese culture, such as an introduction to the Japanese tea ceremony, chess (Igo and Shogi) and the traditional game Kendama, and performances of Vietnamese traditional arts such as ca tru, hat xam, and mua bong.

Vietnamese and Japanese cuisines will be showcased on 8-10 pavilions at Hanoi Children’s Palace from March 23-25. On March 24-25, there will be Yosako dances on Dinh Tien Hoang Street.

In addition, the Hanoi People’s Committee and Japanese Embassy in Vietnam will hold a tourism promotion conference between Hanoi and Japan on March 24, along with exchanges on education and health care.