The Hanoitimes - A Vietnamese - Japanese cultural space is set to open in the UNESCO-recognised town of Hoi An in November to honor the fine relationship that exists between the two countries.
Space will cover the entirety of Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street and the area surrounding the Japanese covered bridge. Activities within the space will include exhibitions of models of red-seal ships, a type of ship used by Japanese merchants, historical records, archaeological finds on Vietnam-Japan trade in the 17th century and performances of the tea ceremony and so on.
Visitors to space will be able to experience Japanese and Vietnam culture through traditional attire, music, calligraphy, lanterns, books, and handicrafts. According to the organizers of the event, the house at 6 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street will become a Japanese cultural house from 2019, where exhibitions, film screenings, and other cultural exchange activities will be held by the Japanese side.
According to Hoi An Chairman Dinh Van Thu, the Vietnamese - Japanese cultural space will promote cultural exchange between the two countries, helping to honor the fine bilateral relationship and diversify the tourism products of Quang Nam province. Space is scheduled to open on November 10 or 12.
Hoi An, once a major Southeast Asian trading post in the 16th and 17th centuries, is basically a living museum that houses old-town architecture.Some notable heritage buildings include Chinese temples, a Japanese-designed bridge, pagodas, wooden shop-houses, French-colonial houses, and old canals.
Although large-scale trading had long moved elsewhere, Hoi An has been successful in preserving and restoring its charming roots and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in December 1999.
Hoi An Riverside is the best place to be at night as the area is lit by quaint and old-fashioned lanterns, making it an atmospheric and beautiful spot. For those who love sea, sun, and sand, Hoi An offers two lovely beaches five kilometers away from the town center – a sort of holiday within a holiday.
Hoi An is also known for its great food, fun shopping, skilled tailors, friendly people and cozy atmosphere – all key characteristics that draw people to this picturesque town.