Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has promulgated a decision on the organization of Japanese culture festival to welcome New Year 2015 – Ake ome! 2015. Accordingly, Ake ome! 2015 festival will be organized from 27th to 28th December 2014 in Viet Nam Exhibition Fair Centre (148 Giang Vo Street, Ba Dinh District, Ha Noi) by Viet Nam Exhibition Fair Centre Limited Company and related agencies.
Taking the idea from a Japanese sentence “Akemashite Omedetou” with the meaning of Happy New Year. Ake ome! 2015 festival aims to create a playing ground for young people on the occasion of New Year 2015 and enhance Viet Nam – Japan friendship.
Ake ome! 2015 festival will have commerce – cuisine booths to introduce traditional craft products and delicious foods of Viet Nam and Japan, especially traditional ornaments of Japanese on the occasion of New Year including Kadomatsu made of pine and bamboo, representing longevity and health; or Koinobori - carp shaped lantern, a symbol of bravery, steadfastness and ambition.
In the festival, visitors can also participate in some cultural activities to welcome New Year in Japan such as omikuji (drawing lots in New Year), buying omamori luck charms and Daruma traditional dolls, trying Yukata costume (summer kimono) of Japan... In particular, young people will have the opportunity to wallow in Yosakoi Japanese traditional dance or participate in colorful fashion and cosplay shows.