Japanese cherry blossom festival opens in Hanoi

Nhan Dan Online/VNA – As many as 200 Japanese cherry blossom trees are in full bloom at a festival opened to the public on March 8 and 9.

Japanese cherry blossom trees in bloom (Credit: VNA)
Japanese cherry blossom trees in bloom (Credit: VNA)

Festivalgoers braved the rain to enjoy the opening of the event, which also features Yosakoi dance performances by groups of Vietnamese and Japanese artists.

Also attracting crowds are stalls selling traditional Japanese food and introducing Cosplay and Origami paper folding, as well as demonstrations of Kendo and Aikido, Japanese martial arts.

Delegates from leading Japanese universities are present to provide information on study and scholarship opportunities. Other information about the country’s culture and education is also available.

Held for the first time in 2007, the annual festival is highly anticipated by many Vietnamese people.