Hai Phong locals contemplate Japanese cherry blossoms at 2017 festival (Source: VNA)

Hai Phong (VNA) – A Japanese cherry blossom exhibition will take place in the northern city of Hai Phong from March 23-25, as part of activities to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties.

Speaking at a press conference on March 20, Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Culture and Sports Tran Thi Hoang Mai said that about 7,000 sakura branches, transported from Japan by air, will be exhibited, together with several types of Vietnamese flowers.

On March 24, a seminar discussing investment and tourism promotion cooperation between Hai Phong and Japanese enterprises will be held as well.

The event aims to effectively implement the city’s cultural diplomacy, strengthen mutual understanding between the two countries’ people, and boost bilateral cooperation in investment and tourism.

Deputy Director of the municipal Trade, Investment and Tourism Promotion Centre Pham Hung Hung said that these events are to promote Hai Phong’s potential and strengths to Japanese people, call for Japanese investments in hi-tech agriculture, health, education, environmental protection and tourism, and introduce the image of Japan’s land and people to locals.-VNA