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Ms Kim Dinh (black, standing).

VietNamNet With her Shop Vietnam, where the Vietnamese traditional dresses of

Ao Dai are on sale, in a 51 storey-building of Sumitomo Group in Shinuku Center, Tokyo, Tong Thi Kim Dinh helps to honor Ao Dai in one of the largest and most modern cities in the world.

Born in the ancient capital of Hue, Dinh, now 45, came to Japan with her husband after graduating Hue Medical University in 1987.

Living in Japan, she always wished that one day Ao Dai would be presented in Tokyo and Shop Vietnam was a dream that she pursued for more than ten years.


After founding Shop Vietnam in 1997, she came back to her homeland to set up a garment workshop. She designed Ao Dai by herself and chose fabric and colors based on her own standards and Japanese people’s tastes.

The first samples of Ao Dai, which were made meticulously, did not attract Japanese women. They did not have much time to pay many visits to the shop to have an Ao Dai tailored for them with their own choices of fabric or design.


The solution to have an Ao Dai made with on ly one visit to the shop is the ready-to-wear products.


She had to use knowledge of anatomy to work out the standard measurements for “made in Shop Vietnam” Ao Dai to suit Japanese women of different sizes.

Today, hand-embroidered or hand-painted Ao Dai are offered in different sizes and designs to appeal to any visitor to the shop. And famous singer Anna Saeki once came to the shop and bought sets of Ao Dai for her performance.


Shop Vietnam gradually became famous in Japan with the special fashion products of Ao Dai. After a fashion show at the Vietnamese Music Festival in Shiganawa, Tokyo in 2000, the Japanese mass media and well-known TV stations of NHK, TBS, Asahi, and Tokyo praised the Vietnamese traditional dress of Ao Dai in Shop Vietnam.


Ms Kim Dinh was invited by Ashi Karucha, an organization for Japanese women, to talk about the Vietnamese Ao Dai in February 2005.


Besides, Shop Vietnam was also invited to the Asian Party Dress Fair, one of the large brand promotional programs of Seibu Tokyo Commercial Center in February 2002, which was a milestone for the development of Shop Vietnam as Ao Dai was introduced for the first time to the well-off Japanese.


Now, Shop Vietnam’s Ao Dai, also known as Sivini, becomes a familiar brand in Japan. About 90 percent of its customers are Japanese, and the rest are westerners.


To Kim Dinh, Ao Dai is a work of arts, not just a product. And Shop Vietnam owns its success to the contribution of the workers in Vietnam. Toghether, they have helped honore Ao Dai in the world.


(Source: SGGP, TT)


Japanese ambassador Hattori Norio signed an agreement Thursday with Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Education Tran Van Nhung granting ¥1.4billion (US$12 million) for education in Vietnam.

Half of the package will be used as scholarship funds for Vietnamese post-graduate candidates in Japan.

The other half will be used to build 140 classrooms in northern mountainous Tuyen Quang and Phu Tho provinces.

Reported by X.Q. – Translated by Thanh Tuan

16:43' 23/06/2006 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet – Japan-Vietnam Goodwill Ambassador Sugi Ryotaro on June 22 handed cameras worth US$15,600 from the Japanese government to the Ministry of Education and Training in support of a film-making contest for local students.

The contest, to be held in Hanoi as an initiative by the Goodwill Ambassador following his visit to Vietnam in October, 2005, aims to promote local secondary students' independent creativeness in the process of making films.

Mr Sugi Ryotaro expressed hope that the contest in Ha Noi will be a success so that a similar event can be held at national scale and even at the Asian level.

"I made my decision that Vietnam is the right place for my initiative," said the ambassador at the ceremony, "because I always believe that the country is my second homeland".

The competition, part of cultural cooperation and exchange between Vietnam and Japan, will help to further foster bilateral ties between the two countries in general and their cultural cooperation in particular, said Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Hattori Norio.

   06/07/2006 — 21:26(GMT+7)

Ha Noi (VNA) -The Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) has presented an insignia to Prof. Kaneko Kazushige, President of the Institute of Asian Ethno-Forms and Culture, for his contributions to promoting the Vietnamese culture to the world and boosting cultural exchange between Viet Nam and the region.

The insignia "For the Cause of Social Sciences" was granted to Prof. Kazushige, who is also President of Asian School of Japan, by VASS President Prof. Do Hoai Nam in Ha Noi on June 7.

An ethnology expert, Prof. Kazushige has conducted research into Vietnamese culture for nearly 30 years. He has visited various Vietnamese cities and provinces to collect ethnological objects.

On this occasion, Prof. Kazushige presented 560 ethnological objects from 28 Asian countries to the Viet Nam Museum of Ethnology.

These objects, including Japanese prayer books, pottery plates and altars, Indian puppets, Korean clothes and paintings, and Cambodian knitwear, will be displayed in the Kaneko Kazushige Room at the Museum's Southeast Asia House, which will be inaugurated in 2008.-Enditem