The embassies of ASEAN member countries in Germany hosted a culinary festival on May 3 to raise money for Japanese victims of the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

The festival introduced a wide range of traditional specialties originated from the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Vietnam Ambassador to Germany Do Hoa Binh said the event was a chance for the ASEAN nations to show off their culinary cultures as well as to express their sentiments and close relations with Japan .

Organisers handed over more than 12,000 EUR collected at the festival to the Japanese Ambassador in Germany , Takahiro Shinyo.

ASEAN groups Brunei , Cambodia , Indonesia , Laos , Malaysia , Myanmar , the Philippines , Singapore , Thailand and Vietnam . /.