|Hanoi boosts cooperation with Japan’s Fukuoka prefecture|
|Newly-established Vietnamese Association in Fukuoka to foster solidarity of community|
|Cultural exchange introduces Vietnamese traditions and culture in Fukuoka|
|Lion dance drumming at the opening ceremony. Photos: Vietnamese General Consulate in Fukuoka|
|The event was the joint effort of the Vietnamese General Consulate in Fukuoka and the Association of Vietnamese in the city for the overseas Vietnamese community on the occasion of the Tet holiday.|
|The traditional cultural space of Vietnamese Tet was recreated, allowing the overseas Vietnamese community to get a feeling of the home country through musical performances, Vietnamese signature dishes and folk games.|
|Popular artists and singers in Vietnam were invited to the event, which drawn about 7,000 visitors, both Vietnamese and Japanese.|
|Tet (Lunar New Year Festival) is the most important and biggest holiday in Vietnam. It is traditionally an occasion for family reunion, and most people will try to return to the home village for the celebration.|
|The event aimed to connect over 33,000 Vietnamese currently living in Kyushu and promote Vietnam’s traditional Tet celebration such as Vietnamese culinary delights and culture to participating Japanese friends and foreigners in the country.|
Fukuoka is the economic and scientific center of southwestern Japan, covering an area of about 5,000 square kilometers and a population of 5,101 million. In the past 10 years, the Government of Vietnam has set up a representative office in Fukuoka City, which has created favorable conditions for the support of tourism as well as learning and working of Vietnamese people. Fukuoka has a convenient traffic flow, relatively cheap living costs, with lots of amusement parks and traditional festivals in the region, more specifically, there are more jobs for students.
Moreover, since 2009, Vietnam Airlines has operated a direct flight from Hanoi / Ho Chi Minh City to Fukuoka, with affordable fares, making this place gradually becoming an attractive new tourist destination of Vietnamese people.
Currently, over 33,000 Vietnamese people are living in Kyushu. In the region’s capital city of Fukuoka alone, the number has increased to 14,000 from only 660 in 2009.