HOI AN (VIETNAM NEWS / ASIAN NEWS NETWORK) – Historic Hoi An will reenact a 17th-century wedding parade for Princess Ngoc Hoa and Japanese businessman Araki Sotaro in the Old Quarter as part of the 14th edition of Hoi An- Japanese Culture Festival from August 18 to 20.
The city’s Culture and Sports Center said the parade marked the relationship between the Japanese community and the city of Hoi An 400 years ago, when Japanese traders docked at the busy trading port.
The houses built by many of these traders have been preserved.
Local residents preserve the graves of Japanese traders who died in Hoi An in the 17th century. The oldest was that of Tani Yajirobei, who is said to have died in 1647, and his records contain the oldest and clearest information relating to his life, including a love affair with a local woman.
The love story reflected the close relationship between Japanese traders and the people of Hoi An during a rich period in the city’s history in the early 17th century.
Japanese singers Min, Ueno Yuuka, One Asia Join Concert band and the Ha Noi Sennen Yosakoi Dance team will perform at the festival along with local folk art troupes.
Vietnamese and Japanese participants will present cosplays and martial arts performances of traditional Vietnamese karate, judo, vovinam, while artisans will offer visitors traditional yukata trials, origami (paper folding) and craft making. local lanterns.
Artist Nguyen Quoc Dung will exhibit his photo collection at the city’s Sculpture Park on the bank of the Hoai River, while French photographer Rehahn will exhibit his photos from his field trips beyond Vietnam.
The city will also exhibit photos of Hoi An’s cooperation with Japan over the past two decades.