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Japan Foundation holds Furoshiki exhibition

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An exhibition of Furoshiki, Japanese wrapping cloths, was held in Hanoi by the
Japan Foundation Centre for Culture Exchange in Vietnam on March 3.

An exhibition of Furoshiki, Japanese wrapping cloths, was held in Hanoi by the
Japan Foundation Centre for Culture Exchange in Vietnam on March 3.

The exhibition displayed different types of furoshiki, most of them from Japan,
as well as others from Vietnam which won awards in the 2nd international
furoshiki contest in Japan.

Five Vietnamese students won prizes in the competition including one grand
prize, one hounorable mention and two consolation prizes.

Grand prize winners will be commercially produced and promoted through the Japan
Foundation's activities worldwide.

Two Japanese instructors, Hiroko Handa and Yoko Yamamoto, also held a brief
public class to help people understand more about the art of furoshiki.

The furoshiki contest is an annual event held by the Japan Foundation to promote
cultural exchange between it and other nations and to introduce this traditional
craft that can be used today to reduce the use of disposable plastic bags and
packaging, thereby protecting the environment.Furoshiki is a square piece of
cloth used for various purposes such as wrapping and carrying items of different
shapes. Dyed in various colors and patterns, today it is also used for wrapping
gifts, as well as for table coverings and interior decoration. Furoshiki goes
back to the Edo Period (1603-1868), when public bathhouses became widely
accessible. The tradition was then handed down through the generations as an
essential part of the Japanese lifestyle.

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