Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong  speaks at the press conference on the Vietnam Festival 2018 (Photo: VNA)

Tokyo (VNA) – The Vietnam Festival 2018 will take place at the Yoyogi Park in Tokyo between 10 am and 8 pm on May 19 and 20.

Speaking at a press conference on the event, which was held in Tokyo on April 23, Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong said the festival is part of activities in celebration of 45 years of the two countries’ diplomatic relations.

It is an opportunity for overseas Vietnamese to remember their home country and for Japanese friends to learn more about Vietnam, the diplomat noted.

After a decade, the Vietnam Festival has become a big draw to both Vietnamese and Japanese living around Tokyo. In 2017, the number of attendees amounted to 180,000.

Also at the press conference, General Secretary of the festival’s organising board Aoyagi Youichirou highlighted the significant meaning of the event to people-to-people exchange between Vietnam and Japan.

He said this year it will build on the success of the past editions to contribute to boosting mutual understanding and bilateral ties.

The festival will feature 110 stalls classified into four categories of traditional cuisine, entertainment, music, and tourism. Performances of Japanese artists and Vietnamese singers and students will take place on the main stage.

Vietnam Festival 2018 is expected to draw 150,000 visitors.-VNA