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Vietnamese expats in Japan gather for Tet holiday

Malie Nguyen Malie Nguyen

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February 11, 2021 | 11:02

"Vietnamese Lunar New Year in Kyushu during Covid-19 period" is the first Tet event to be held for the Vietnamese community in the southwestern provinces of Japan this year.

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The Consulate General of Vietnam in Fukuoka has recently coordinated with the Vietnamese Association in Fukuoka, GAG Japanese Language Institute, a number of organizations of Vietnamese in Kyushu, etc to organize the program "Vietnamese Lunar New Year in Kyushu during Covid-19 period".

The event took place both in offline and online forms.

The Consulate General of Vietnam in Fukuoka set out the mottoes of ensuring absolute safety, enhancing solidarity and mutual support, introducing Vietnamese culture, and fostering the Vietnam-Japan exchange, according to Zing News.

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Vietnamese students and trainees in Fukuoka make Chung cake. Photo courtesy of the Consulate General of Vietnam in Fukuoka.

The event also aimed to bring Vietnamese ex-pats in Japanese a cozy Tet holiday ambiance like in the homeland.

It is expected that from now until the end of the Lunar New Year, the organizers will give Banh Chung (Chung cake) to Vietnamese students and trainees in Fukuoka who have encountered difficulties caused by the Covid-19 epidemic.

The event included activities such as making Chung cake, cooking Vietnamese traditional dishes and displaying and selling Tet items, etc.

A highlight of the program was the online exchange between overseas Vietnamese in Kyushu and Vietnamese in the Dai Nam University in Hanoi and Tet flower market and pagoda in An Duong - Hai Phong. Vietnamese ex-pats, thereby, had the chance to “immerse” in the Tet atmosphere in the homeland.

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Consul General Vu Binh and Vietnamese students and trainees in Fukuoka pose for a photo next to Banh Chung pot. Photo courtesy of Consulate General of Vietnam in Fukuoka.

The representatives of Vietnamese organizations, associations and individuals, Vietnamese - Japanese families, and Japanese friends in Nagasaki, Kagoshima, Saga, Miyazaki, Kumamoto, and Kitakyushu, etc briefed the preparation for Tet of the Vietnamese community in their locality.

The representatives of the Vietnamese community in these provinces expressed their delight to meet and exchange with the Consulate General on the occasion of the upcoming New Year.

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Consul General Vu Binh speaks at the event. Photo courtesy of Consulate General of Vietnam in Fukuoka.

Speaking at the event, Consul General Vu Binh said that with the high level of determination and unity, the Consulate General and the leaders of the Vietnamese Association in Fukuoka have made efforts to surmount all difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic as well as challenges of time, facilities, and experience to organize the program.

The Consul General reminded people to continue to comply with epidemic preventive measures and wished them a New Year with lots of health and success.

Concluding the program, Mr. Vu Binh also affirmed that the Consulate General always side by side to protect and support Vietnamese citizens in Japan.

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