Minori Dako drum artists from Japan’s Ibaraki Prefecture performed at the opening ceremony of the two events (Photo: dantri.com.vn)

Quang Nam (VNA) – The Japanese Cultural Days in Quang Nam and the 16th Hoi An – Japan cultural exchange programme were rounded off in Hoi An ancient town, the central province of Quang Nam, on August 19.

Aiming to celebrate 45 years of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties (September 21, 1973 – 2018), the two events entailed a series of activities.

During their three-day courses, business networking and investment promotion events took place, with several memoranda of understanding on economic cooperation signed. An experience exchange in smart city building as well as discussions on Japanese culture, education, and literature were also organised.

In addition, the events featured photo and handicraft exhibitions and a food festival.

Le Van Thanh, Vice Chairman of the Quang Nam People’s Committee, praised performances featuring Japanese folk culture like Yosakoi dance, and Kagura music and dance, and those staged by Minori Dako drum artists from Japan’s Ibaraki Prefecture.

He stressed the importance of exchange and cooperation activities between Quang Nam and its Japanese partners in deepening Vietnam – Japan friendship.

Hoi An is one of the localities in Vietnam having early friendship ties with Japan. The two sides boast long-standing trade, economic and culture exchanges, which were dated back to hundreds years ago when Japanese traders came to do business in Hoi An, a popular international trading port back then. -VNA