China Festival 2023 kicked off in Yoyogi Park in downtown Tokyo on Saturday to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship and to promote people-to-people exchanges between China and Japan.
The two-day event is co-sponsored by the Chinese embassy in Japan and the Executive Committee of China Festival 2023, featuring more than 80 booths on site, including China Cultural Center, China National Tourism Office in Tokyo and China Enterprises Association in Japan, with the aim of providing a platform for friendly exchanges between the people of the two countries through cultural display, food tasting, tourism promotion, etc.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, Chinese Ambassador to Japan Wu Jianghao, Japan’s ruling coalition party Komeito leader Yamaguchi Natsuo and other guests attended the opening ceremony of the event and delivered speeches.
Fukuda, also the top advisor of the Executive Committee of China Festival 2023, said the China Festival is getting larger and larger and is becoming more and more popular among the people, expressing his hope that through the event everyone could fully experience Chinese culture and pass on the friendship between Japan and China.
Wu said that China Festival is a brand event jointly created by the Chinese embassy in Japan, Japan-China friendship groups and overseas Chinese, which has received wide attention and strong support from all walks of life in both countries over the years and has played a positive role in promoting people-to-people exchanges between China and Japan.
Noting that this year marks the 45th anniversary of the signing of the China-Japan Treaty of Peace and Friendship, Wu said that 45 years ago, the treaty stipulated in law that China and Japan should develop lasting peaceful and friendly relations, establishing timeless and enduring principles and directions for bilateral exchanges.
We welcome more Japanese friends to visit China, have a look, observe the development and changes in contemporary China, and experience the vitality of Chinese society, said the ambassador.
During the event, many Japanese people have experienced China’s environmentally friendly electric vehicles and smart home appliances. Meanwhile, actors and artists from China and Japan will present more than 20 unique performances such as erhu and martial arts.
Source : XinHua