The event saw that attendance of Hoang Trung Hai, Politburo member and Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee; To Huy Rua, former Politburo member, former Head of the Party Central Committee’s Organization Commission and Chairman of Vietnam - Japan Friendship Association; Ngo Thi Thanh Hang, member of the Party Central Committee, Permanent Deputy Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee; Phung Thi Hong Ha, Vice Chairwoman of the Municipal People’s Council; Ngo Van Quy, Vice Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee.
Ijima Isao, a special advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Umeda Kunio, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Vietnam were also in attendance.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vice Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy said that the 2019 Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival continues introducing Japanese culture to local residents with the aim to intensify exchanges, understanding and cooperation between Hanoi and Japan in various fields of culture, education, healthcare, economy and tourism.
Participating in the festival, domestic and foreign visitors will not only enjoy the beauty of Japanese cherry blossoms but also join in traditional cultural exchange activities between Vietnam and Japan, he added.
Vice Chairman Ngo Van Quy hoped that the festival will serve as a bridge to strengthen the mutual understanding between the two countries’ people, thus contributing to elevating the extensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan to a new height.
Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee speaks at the opening ceremony.
Addressing the event, Ijima Isao, a special advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also expressed his belief that the festival will contribute to reinforcing the Vietnam-Japan relations.
This year, more than 20,000 branches of Japanese cherry blossoms along with many Vietnam’s eye-catching flowers are displayed at the festival, while 100 trees are taken to Hanoi for plantation during the event.
Participants have a chance to witness cultural heritages made from hundreds of cherry branches, such as Phu Si Mountain (Japan), the Great Wall of China, Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italy), Khue Van Cac or pavilion of the constellation of literature (Vietnam), among others.
In addition to the display of cherry blossoms, the festival feature various cultural activities, art performances, investment and trade promotion activities, and technological exchanges in fields of education and healthcare.
This is the first year the Organizing Board selects a goodwill ambassador who will join in future cultural activities to enhance the international friendship. Taking place on March 29-31, the festival is expected to draw the participation of tens of thousands of visitors.