Vietnamese puppeteers will take the stage for the first time at the Vietnam Festival in Japan which will be held in Tokyo on September 13-14 following the success of the previous year.

The traditional puppetry art, the only in the world, is associated with Vietnam ’s wet rice civilisation, reflecting the pure Vietnamese soul through music, costumes, rituals and farm work.

Themed “Hand in Hand”, the festival will house 98 pavilions showcasing Vietnamese cuisine and handicraft items.

Visitors will also have a chance to enjoy music performances and cultural exchanges.

The festival is always a popular event for Japanese citizens and Vietnamese people living in Japan , said Veteran Senator Matsuda Iwao, co-head of the organising board.

According to Matsuda Iwao, the Vietnam festivals have contributed to close links between the government and people of both countries.

The festival, the seventh of its kind, is expected to draw 150,000 visitors, 20,000 higher than the last year’s event.-VNA