“Princess Anio” opera premiers in Hung Yen hinh anh 1A scene of the ” Princess Anio” opera (Photo: VNA)

Hung Yen – The “Princess Anio”
opera, which recounts a 17th century love story between a Vietnamese princess and Japanese
merchant premiered in the northern mountainous province of Hung Yen on September

The special performance aims to celebrate the 50th
anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan (1973-2023).

The opera is based on a real story of the love between Japanese merchant Araki Sotaro and Princess Ngoc Hoa (called Princess Anio by
Japanese) in Vietnam’s Hoi An during the trading era of the Shuinsen in the
early 17th century.

Princess Ngoc
Hoa was the daughter of Lord Nguyen Phuc Nguyen, who reigned from 1613 to
1635.  In the early 17th century, Araki went to Hoi An to trade and
met the princess. They fell in love and got married. In 1620, he took her to Nagasaki, where locals loved her for her
beautiful appearance and gentle character.

Today, locals still stage a palanquin procession
ceremony to welcome Princess Anio at Nagasaki Kunchi Festival.

Secretary of the provincial Party Committee
Nguyen Huu Nghia emphasised that Hung Yen has organised several practical
activities to mark the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic relations and the opera represents the special bond and long-standing relations
in economic, commercial and cultural exchanges between Vietnam and Japan.

Over the past years, the province has stepped up foreign investment attraction and created favourable conditions to lure investors investing in the locality,
including those from Japan.

So far, Hung Yen has lured 516 active foreign direct
investment (FDI) projects with a total registered investment of about 6.3 billion
USD. Japan ranks first in the number of projects with 173 with a total capital of more than 4 billion USD.

Currently, 169 FDI projects of
Japanese investors have been put into operation with a total investment capital
of about 3.26 billion USD, creating jobs for about 45,000 labourers./.