This is a unique culture – tourism event held annually since 2003 at the World Cultural Heritage – Hoi An Ancient Town to strengthen exchange and cooperation relation between Viet Nam and Japan; and promote the traditional culture features of the countries.
The activities of the Hoi An – Japan cultural exchange program 2013 will take place at some sites in Hoi An Ancient Town such as: An Hoi Statue Garden, Hoai River Square, Hoi An Roundabout, No.155B Tran Phu Street, No.106 Bach Dang Street, Chau Thuong Van Street, Ka-Zik Park, Hoi An Hotel, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street… Especially, the opening and closing programs will be held with street activities in the arc of Pagoda-Bridge with excellent art performances by famous Vietnamese and Japanese artists.
Besides, many diversified and unique activities will be held such as: exhibition (photo exhibition “Hoi An - Japan, Ten year of cooperation and exchange”; Haiku poems calligraphy; Hoi An – Japan handicraft products; Japanese fine art photo); community activity “One hour for a cleaner Hoi An”; seminars on environmental protection; cultural, art activities (presentations of Quang Nam and Japanese cuisine, photographing with Yukata, folding paper Origami, “Kirie” - the Japanese art of paper cutting, Doraemon festive day...); Vietnamese folk games and games of Japanese children; sports activities (handball, football, bowling, sailing ...).
Hoi An Ancient Town had been one of the busiest trading ports in Southeast Asia region during the 17th and 18th centuries. Since forming in the 16th century, there were a lot of foreign businessmen, especially Japanese businessmen to Hoi An to live, trade and build many unique cultural, architectural works. Of which the highlight is Lai Vien Bridge (Pagoda-Bridge) - the only old bridge in Hoi An now. This is a beautiful symbol of cultural interference and longstanding relationship between the two countries. The annual organization of the Hoi An - Japan cultural exchange program is an evidence of the relationship between Viet Nam and Japan which is incessantly strengthened and developed in all fields.