The performance of the conical-hat dance at the cultural exchange in Japan (Photo: VNA)

Tokyo (VNA) – A cultural exchange show promoting the beauty of Vietnam’s land and people took place at the Vietnamese Embassy in Japan on the evening of October 8, drawing great public attention.

The event featured performances of Vietnamese traditional dances and songs sung in Japanese. Hoang Thi Minh Ha, the wife of the Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan, introduced the cuisine of her home country to attendees and guided them how to use all their senses to enjoy Vietnamese dishes.

Speaking at the show, Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong recalled the growth of Vietnam from a backward farming nation to a key market in the region and the second biggest rice exporter in the world.

He hoped the event will help Japanese understand more about Vietnam and enhance the two countries’ friendship.

Talking with a Vietnam News Agency reporter, Kahoru Odaka from Saitama Prefecture said it was an exciting and meaningful cultural exchange, especially the introduction of Vietnamese food and how to taste them.

The evening was rounded off with participants singing the song “Hana wa saku” (Flowers Will Bloom), the theme song of a NHK project supporting victims of the historic tsunami disaster in Japan in 2011 and local recovery efforts.-VNA