The Hanoitimes - The National History Museum in collaboration with the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre opened an exhibition themed “Trade Relation between Japan and Vietnam in History” at the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum in the central province of Thua Thien - Hue on February 27.
An exhibition entitled “Trade Relation between Japan and Vietnam in History” kicked off at the Hue Royal Antiquities Museum at No3 Le Truc street, Hue city, in the central province of Thua Thien - Hue on February 27.
At the exhibition.
The exhibition was organised to welcome the upcoming visit to Thua Thien - Hue of Japanese Emperor and Empress in March.
At the invitation of Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, on February 28, the Japanese Emperor and Empress have began State visit to Vietnam. The visit highlighted the long-standing relations between Vietnam and Japan, which dated back to the 16th century with the presence of the first Japanese street in Vietnam.
This is the first visit to Vietnam by Japanese Emperor and Empress, promising to usher in a new chapter in the relationship between Vietnam and Japan, is a historic event of great significance to the two countries’ traditional relationship.
The exhibition introduces famous pottery and ceramics from Japan and a collection of Japanese bronze mirrors in the 17th and 18th centuries, among others.
The exhibition displays some official documents exchanged between the Nguyen Lords and Japanese authorities in early of the 17th century, contracts of Japanese and Vietnamese merchants and three roll paintings reflecting the two countries’ close trade relation.
On display are also Vietnam’s antiquities which were favoured by Japanese traders such as frankincense and rhino horn.
The trade relation between Japan and Vietnam had been established and developed since the late 16th century, especially in the period of the Shuin-sen trade (Japanese ship-licensed trade), said Prof. Phan Thanh Hai, Director of the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre.
At that time, Japanese ships brought ceramics, canons, gunpowder, papers and minerals to Vietnam, and bought pottery, frankincense, silk and agricultural products from Vietnam to transport to Japan.
The exhibition runs until May 5.
Translated by Thu Minh