Music festival celebrates Vietnam-Japan ties The Saigon Times Daily Singers and dancers perform at the music festival – PHOTO: VNA HCMC – A music festival took place in Hanoi on September 9 on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan. The event was jointly organized by Vietnam Television (VTV), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and attended by Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung and Vietnam-Japan and Japan-Vietnam Special Ambassador Ryotaro Sugi, according to the Vietnam News Agency. The music festival featured famous artists from both countries such as Pikotaro, Godai Natsuko, Atsushi, My Linh, Dong Nhi and Trong Hieu. Highlights of the festival were the song Gap Toi Hoa No (Flowers Bloom When I Meet You) composed by musicians YanBi and Nguyen Hai Phong exclusively for the event, and popular songs from the two countries like Doraemon no Uta and Vietnamese late musician Trinh Cong Son’s songs. According to Deputy Minister Le Hoai Trung, a cultural exchange throughout the history has created the ground for the current strategic partnership between the two countries. There have been many activities, including this music festival, held in Vietnam and Japan to mark 45 years of diplomatic relations, thus boosting mutual trust and understanding between their peoples.