Experiencing Japanese culture at Satsuki Matsuri festival

In the morning of 27th May, nearly 500 students participated in Satsuki Matsuri (Japan May Festival) held by the Consulate General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and VNUHCM-University of Social Sciences and Humanities (VNUHCM-USSH) at Dinh Tien Hoang campus, District 1, HCMC. Mr. Hosoya Kazunori, the Deputy Consul-General of Japan in HCMC, and Prof. Vo Van Sen, the Rector of the university, attended this event.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Prof. Nguyen Tien Luc, Dean of Faculty of Japanese Studies shared with the audience new advances in international exchange programs of the faculty in the past year.

“Besides cooperating with the Institute of Ethics Studies in Japan to organize Japanese Culture Discovery competitions, we have actively held exchange programs with students of Hiroshima University, Kobe University, Waseda University, Hiroshima Shudo University, Sanno University … For overseas study, the faculty has created favorable conditions for dozens of students to receive scholarships from Japanese universities and organizations to study in Japan. In addition to scholarships from Japanese government and educational support organizations, students also have the opportunity to study abroad through an internship. The successful collaboration with the Meros Language School in the past five years is a typical example,” said Mr. Nguyen Tien Luc.

After the ceremony, Prof. Horiuchi Kazunobu of the Faculty of Economics at Reitaku University, and head of the International Exchange Division of the Institute of Ethics Studies in Japan, delivered a speech on “Working in Japan: The basics and psychological preparation for business people”, in which he emphasized that discipline, sense of responsibility, cooperative spirit and active attitude are 4 factors required to be accepted in Japanese companies.

On this occasion, the Faculty of Japanese Studies also organized other interesting activities such as the Japanese Culture Discovery competition, disguising as a Japanese with traditional costumes like kimono and yukata, taking photos with Torii (a traditional Japanese temple gate), martial arts, Anime cosplay, origami folding, Japanese cuisine, kendama games …

Phan Thi My Luu, a student of the faculty, shared: “What impressed me the most when participating in the festival is booths of culture and cuisine decorated with historical characteristics of Japan. Besides, consulting booths of Japanese universities give me a lot of useful information as well as the opportunity to speak Japanese”.

Prof. Horiuchi Kazunobu gave a speech on working in Japan

A Vietnamese student wore the traditional Japanese costume


Dozens of students joined Karaoke Party game

Students also had the opportunity to try Japanese street food



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