Youth Exchange Program “The Future of Japan – Viet Nam” 2016 – Pieces of memories

From 13th to 19th November 2016, 10 outstanding Vietnamese delegates joined the Youth Exchange program “ The future of Japan – Vietnam” 2016. The  program is organized by the Vietnam Embassy to Japan and the Foundation  of promoting exchange between Japan and Vietnam founded by Congressman Ozawa. The program is implemented by Vietnam-Japan Productivity Promotion Initiative Program (VJPP) which belongs to Viet Nam Institute for Economic and Policy Research (VEPR).

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During the 7-day trip in Japan, the participants had many unforgettable moments. The students paid visit to numerous places of attraction in Japan such as Todaiji Temple, Kyoto Traditional Textile Center, Asahi beer factory, Uji Tea village, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, then golden temple of Kinkakuji, Hamanaki Onsen, Nogoya citadel and Tokyo Disneyland.

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The students also had a chance to try on Japanese traditional costume: the sophisticated embroidered Kimono  and taste Japanese delicacy from Udon , Takoyaki, Tempura, Okonomiyaki… Moreover, the delegates had the honor to meet leaders from Japan and Vietnam such as Iwate mayor, Vietnam Ambassador to Japan and Congressman Ozawa .

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The Youth Exchange Program “The Future of Japan-Vietnam” 2016 aims to strengthen the diplomatic tie between Vietnam and Japan, bringing two countries closer together and igniting students’ passion to explore Japanese culture. 7 days seem like such a short time for Vietnamese delegates to fully explore and experience such rich history and traditions  of the Land of the rising sun. It’s not difficult to see why Vietnamese delegates can’t bring themselves to say goodbye to such an amazing country.

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Here are some of the participants’ testimonials

“2016 marks two milestones of my life. The first was a chance to join Summer School VJPP 2016 ‘Successful foundations of the Japanese society’. Thanks to all the knowledge and skills provided during the course, I feel closer to Japan than ever. Summer School VJPP 2016  ignited my passion to explore more about Japan.

The second milestone in 2016 was my trip to Japan. I was able to see, experience and immerse myself in this amazing country. I was at a loss for words at Japanese scenery and almost unable to  bring myself to bid farewell. I would like to send my thanks and appreciation to Vietnam Embassy to Japan, the Foundation of promoting exchanges between Japan and Vietnam founded by Congressman Ozawa. I would also like to express my sincere thanks to VJPP, VEPR and organizing staffs who had helped me a lot during my stay in Japan.”

-Do Quang Huy- Nha Trang University

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“Before arriving in Japan, I got butterflies in my stomach. I am worried that my Japanese abilityis not enough, which would be a challenge to communication with Japanese friends. I was not aware of how the weather would be like and what clothing items would be suitable; and whether our performance would go well. Despite all of that, I was excited and looked forward to my trip to Japan. Having a chance to be in Japan, visiting places of attraction and meeting Japanese people – these are unforgettable memories of my trip.

Right now, under this blue sky, these roads, these people in Japan has become sweet memories. We had a chance to talk to many Japanese, seeing how the Japanese live their every day life, having listened to Japanese telling stories about themselves and their stories about my own country-Vietnam”. With in a week, we felt the hospitality and warmth from the very small gesturesof the Japanese people.

We also went to many places of attraction in Japan, ‘Japan Endless Discovery’ – was what we constantly said to each other. Everywhere we went bears such unique feature of Japanese culture. We got to experience Japan from every angle. A modern Tokyo, a ancient Kyoto to an energetic, bustling  Osaka. Despite our short visit in Hanamaki and Morioka, peaceful and poetic Iwate made such a strong impression on us.

This trip has helped me to understand a whole lot about Japan. We also tell ourselves to be little ambassadors, bringing Vietnamese culture closer to Japanese friends. We believe that mutual understanding between the two countries would be a bridge fora good relationship in the future.

We would like to express our thanks to Vietnam Embassy to Japan and the Foundation of promoting exchanges between Japan and Vietnam founded by Congressman Ozawa. The program would not have been possible without the support from Vietnam Embassy to Japan and Foundation of promoting exchanges between Japan and Vietnam founded by Congressman Ozawa. We would also like to express our gratitude to Vietnam- Japan Productivity Promotion Initiative Program (VJPP) under the Viet Nam Institute for Economic and Policy Research (VEPR) who generously supported and assissted us before, during and after our stay in Japan.

Once a gain, we would like to say thank you.”

— Hoàng Hiền Anh – Foreign Trade University —

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After two months, the successful Youth Exchange Program “The future of Japan-Vietnam” 2016 was made possible by 2 organizing committees and an implementation unit.

From Vietnam- Japan Productivity Promotion Initiative Program (VJPP) – Viet Nam Institute for Economic and Policy Research (VEPR), we would like to express our sincere thanks to 2  organizing committees – Vietnam Embassy to Japan and the Foundation of promoting exchanges between Japan and Vietnam founded by Congressman Ozawa. The youth exchange program “The future of Japan- Vietnam”2016 could not have been successful without the careful arrangements. 10 students and 2 teachers had such an amazing and unforgettable time in Japan

Despite our careful preparations during the Youth Program, shortcommings are inevitable. VJPP- VEPR would like to ask for your feedbacks and constructive criticism so that we can improve our future programs

Sincerely, Thank you!

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