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HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City will organise the first-ever cherry blossom festival on April 22-23, according to the municipal People’s Committee.

About 100 cherry trees and 10,000 blossom branches from Hokkaido, Japan will be displayed at the September 23 Park in District 1.

In the framework of the event, there will be a number of activities featuring Vietnam-Japan cultural exchanges, Japanese martial arts performances and cartoon shows, art programmes by Vietnamese and Japanese artists as well as an exhibition introducing images and people of the two countries.

On the occasion, the municipal People’s Committee will organise Vietnam –Japan trade and tourism promotion seminars, aiming to popularise the country’s potential in tourism to the two countries’ businesses.

Earlier, a cherry blossom festival also took place between March 18-21 in Ha Long City in the northern province of Quang Ninh.

In addition, the Japan Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Festival 2016 will open at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long in Hanoi on April 16-17, marking the 10th year of the festival in the capital city.-VNA