Da Nang (VNA) – “Princess Anio” – a joint opera performance between Japan and Vietnam will be held at the Hanoi Opera House in September 2023, a press conference in the central city of Da Nang heard on Aug. 27.
The event aims to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan in 2023, and to promote the friendship and cultural exchange between the two countries.
The opera is based on a true story of the love of Japanese merchant Araki Sotaro and Princess Ngoc Hoa [called Princess Anio by Japanese] in Hoi An, Vietnamin the commercial era of the Shuinsen in the early 17th century.
During the Nguyen Dynasty, Princess Ngoc Hoa was the daughter of Lord Nguyen Phuc Nguyen, who reigned from 1613 to 1635.
Since ancient times, Japan and Vietnam maintain strong relations as reliable and equal partners. By making an opera on this basis, the project aims to create a work that will become a symbol of the deepening of relations between the two countries.
In the story, Araki goes to Hoi An to trade and meets the princess. They fall in love and get married. In 1620, he took him to Nagasaki, where the locals liked him because of his good looks and gentle character.
She calls her “anh oi, anh oi” in Vietnamese, so locals call her Princess Anio.
Today, locals still hold a palanquin procession ceremony to welcome Princess Anio to the Nagasaki Kunchi festival in Nagasaki.
The project will bring together famous opera directors, musicians and singers from both nations.
Addressing the press conference, Japan’s Deputy Ambassador to Vietnam Wantanabe Shige expressed his wish to take Japan-Vietnam relations to a new level with new breakthroughs in the future.
For his part, the director of Da Nang’s Foreign Affairs Department, Huynh Duc Truong, said he believes the joint opera project will become an important event for bilateral relations, helping to foster cultural exchanges between Vietnam. and Japan./.