Cherry blossom events come to Vietnam hinh anh 1Illustrative photo (Source:Internet)
Hanoi (VNA) – Various Japanese bands and artists will perform in the Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend to celebrate the mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries.

The festival will kick off on March 19 evening at Ly Thai To Park, near Sword Lake in the downtown of Hanoi.

During the event, visitors can join a wide range of cultural activities such as exhibitions of Vietnam and Japan’s heritage and flowers, ikebana (art of flower arrangement) presentations and opportunities to try on Japanese kiminos.

Traditional music of Vietnam will be performed, including xam (blind wanderers’ music), ca tru (ceremonial singing) and instrumental music.

On the occasion, 200 cherry trees from Japan will be offered and planted as a gift to Hanoi. Some of them will be displayed at the Ly Thai To Park during the two-day festival.

Visitors will have a chance to enjoy the hues and shades of blooming cherry blossoms, said Truong Minh Tien, Deputy Director of the Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports.

He added that growers and horticulturalists will be dispatched by the Japanese government to take care of the planting as well as ensuring that the flowers will continue to bloom each year.

Japanese experts said the weather conditions and soil in Hanoi are suitable for the cherry trees from northeastern Japan. They will be planted at Hoa Binh Park on Hoang Quoc Viet Street in Bac Tu Liem district.

This year marks the tenth cherry blossom festival held in Hanoi. It is considered the most outstanding event of the year to introduce Japanese culture to local residents and visitors.

A seminar to boost tourism investment will be held on March 20 in Hanoi with the participation of many enterprises from both countries.

Famous anime films (Japanese cartoons) will be presented for free at Kim Dong Cultural Centre, 19 Hang Bai Street, with two films screened per day.

A cherry blossom festival also took place on March 18 in Hạ Long City in the northern province of Quang Ninh.

The golden apricot flowers on Yen Tu Mountain are on display for the first time at the event, which will run until March 21.

This is the fourth annual festival organised by the People’s Committee of Quang Ninh province and the Wanokai International Culture Association (WICA) from Japan.

Festival activities include the opening ceremony, performance and art programmes by Vietnamese and Japanese artists, cultural activities and an exhibition of cherry blossoms and apricot flowers.

The golden apricot is a valuable, rare flower on Yen Tu Mountain. This year, the flowers have bloomed beautifully and 80 trees are on display, along with 60 cherry blossom trees from Japan and some northern mountainous provinces of Vietnam.

There are also stalls introducing tourism, culture and food from Vietnam and Japan.-VNA