According to former Japanese senator Iwao Matsuda, Co-Chairman of the festival’s organising board, the board set up a club of fans of the Vietnam Festival to attract participants in the event. People want to join the club can register at www.vietnamfes.jp . The club now has about 1,000 members.
Vietnamese ambassador to Japan Nguyen Phu Binh said following the success of the first Hello! Vietnam in September 2008, which drew the participation of more than 150,000 people, including Crown Prince Naruhito, the festival was made an annual event.
The Hello! Vietnam festival this year will include performances by popular artists from both countries, including singers Ho Quynh Huong and Nam Cuong from Vietnam , artists from Japanese Idoling, Gypsy Queen and Rap DG Samurai groups.
There will be 40 food stalls and 20 booths displaying Vietnamese special fine arts and handicraft products during the two-day event.
Other member countries of the ASEAN have also registered to showcase their products at 15 stalls at the festival.
The organising board expected that the Hello! Vietnam 2010 will attract about 100,000 people.