Opera project launched to mark anniversary of Japan-Viet Nam diplomatic ties

A new opera project named “Princess Anio” has been launched to celebrate the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Viet Nam.
Opera project launched to mark anniversary of Japan-Vietnam diplomatic ties
Poster of the opera project named "Princess Anio". (Photo: VNA)

The project which aims to promote Japan-Viet Nam exchange and friendship through music will premiere at Ha Noi Opera House in September 2023.

The content of the opera is based on the motif of the love story between Sotaro Araki, a merchant from Nagasaki, Japan, and Princess Ngoc Hoa (called Princess Anio by Japanese) in Hoi An, Viet Nam, during the trading era of the Shuinsen in the early 17th century.

According to the history of the Nguyen Dynasty in Viet Nam, Princess Ngoc Hoa is the daughter of Lord Nguyen Phuc Nguyen who reigned from 1613 to 1635.

Since ancient times, Japan and Viet Nam have had a very good relationship as reliable and equal partners. By making an opera based on this historical fact, the project aims to create a work that will become a symbol of further deepening the relationship between the two countries.

Japanese Ambassador to Viet Nam Takio Yamada will take part in the project as an honorary advisor. It is supported and sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Viet Nam, the Embassy of Japan in Viet Nam and other organisations from both nations.

The ambassador said the opera will help people of the two countries reminisce about the good relationship between Japan and Viet Nam in the past and further tighten their bonds in the future.

Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ta Quang Dong appreciated the opera project, emphasising that the Viet Nam-Japan cooperation relationship has achieved many strong and comprehensive development steps in many fields.

“This is a good opportunity for us to review the tradition and friendship of the governments and people of Viet Nam and Japan and have a deeper understanding of the significance of this event,” he said.

The deputy minister also said Japan and Viet Nam will coordinate in organising a variety of activities to mark the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2023.

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(Source: VNA)