Vietnam, Japan strengthen age-old culture connection

(VOVWORLD) - Japan’s Kansai TV has cooperated with VTC Digital Television of Voice of Vietnam to produce a reality TV documentary entitled "Vietnam-Japan: the age-old connection in culture" to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan. The 60-minute film, which tells the story of the friendship between the two countries, was shot at scenic and cultural spots in several provinces and cities of Vietnam and Japan.

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The film crew of the Voice of Vietnam and Japan's Kansai TV

"Vietnam-Japan: the age-old connection in culture" features a journey by Japanese MC Niimi and Vietnamese MC Mai Ngo to interesting cultural spots connecting the two cultures: Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue, and Hanoi in Vietnam and Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and the famous Gion Cultural Festival in Japan.

The film crew visited the ancient town of Hoi An in Quang Nam, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Ngoc Son Temple, and the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, and the Hue Royal Palace, as well as Osaka station, the Shinsekai area, Abeno Harukas, the tallest building in Osaka, and Nijo-jo castle in Kyoto.

Sekine Takeshi, Director of Kansai TV, said, “Through this documentary, we want to help all people understand the friendship between Vietnam and Japan. Though the language barrier restricted the expression of our ideas, our Vietnamese colleagues got used to and understood our ideas during the filming process. Everything went relatively smoothly.”

MC Niimi Shohei said while participating in this program, she learned that Vietnam has a good economic relationship and a time-honored relationship in culture and history with Japan.

The film crew met master artisan Vu Van Gioi, a famous Vietnamese court embroiderer from Dong Cuu village in Thuong Tin district, Hanoi, who made two curtains embroidered with a dragon of the Ly Dynasty for the Voice of Vietnam to present at the Gion Matsuri, one of the largest festivals in Japan, recognized as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Vietnam, Japan strengthen age-old culture connection    - ảnh 2VOV Vice President Ngo Minh Hien  

Ngo Minh Hien, Vice President of the Voice of Vietnam, and artisan Vu Van Gioi brought the curtains to the Gion Festival in July.  

“Vietnamese art products are highly appreciated by Japanese people. At the Gion Festival, the curtains were warmly received. People commented on how beautiful they were. This is a way we can cooperate in the future so that the two cultures can be preserved and passed on to future generations,” said Hien.

The documentary began airing at the end of last month and will be broadcast on all channels of VOV and VTC Digital TV to celebrate 50 years of bilateral diplomatic relations. The work is a cultural bridge that opens up future cooperation between journalists of Vietnam and Japan.

Tran Thi Hoai Thu, Director of the VTC9 channel of VTC Digital TV, recalled that this is the second time VOV and Kansai TV have collaborated to produce a documentary marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan.

The previous time was when they produced a reality TV game show called ‘Adventures with Gulliver’ a few years ago.

“During the production time in Vietnam, we exchanged expertise and film production experience with our Japanese co-workers. These was a very valuable experience for VOV’s film crew,” said Thu.