|Delegates at the event (Photo: VNA)
Previously, in the framework of the event, the “Vietnam Ao Dai Fashion Week” was kicked off on January 18.
The highlight of the festival is two important events, including setting a record for the number of people wearing Ao Dai with a map of Vietnam abroad recognized by the Global Vietnamese Record Organization (VietWorld) and the “Vietnam Ao Dai Fashion Week” with a collection of 180 Ao Dai from six leading fashion designers in Vietnam.
Speaking at the event, Ms. Vu Chi Mai, Consul General of Vietnam in Fukuoka, said that many important events in Vietnam-Japan relations were held in 2023 including the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic ties, 15 years of the friendship between Hanoi city and Fukuoka prefecture.
She emphasized that during his state visit to Japan last November, President Vo Van Thuong travelled to Fukuoka and met with representatives of the Vietnamese community in the Kyushu region.
The Consul General said that the festival is not only an opportunity to introduce traditional Vietnamese cultural values to international friends, including Japanese ones, but also contributes to consolidating and strengthening understanding and friendship between the two countries.
Omagari Akie, Vice Governor of Fukuoka, said that the prefecture established friendly and cooperative relationship with Hanoi city in 2008. After the festival, a delegation from Fukuoka will visit Hanoi, and a memorandum of understanding is expected to be signed to further bilateral cooperation, she added.
She highly appreciated the Vietnamese community's contributions to the two countries' relations and local socio-economic development as the largest foreign community in Fukuoka.
During the event, participants can join traditional activities during Tet such as play folk games, enjoy musical performances, and visit 70 booths that offer Vietnamese and Japanese food and handicraft products.
On this occasion, the Consulate General of Vietnam in Fukuoka handed over certificates of merit from Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son to four individuals who have made effective contributions to the development of cooperation and friendship between Vietnam and Japan.
In addition, the consulate also presented certificates of merit to three groups and 12 individuals for their contributions to community service activities and the Homeland Spring event in Fukuoka./.