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Thai Fest in Tokyo 2013 is ready to amaze the visitors

Thai Fest in Tokyo is one of the grand festivals organised by Thai government in foreign countries, annually held by Team Thailand, comprising of Thai Embassy and other government offices in Tokyo. The festival has started since 2000 in the following week after the Golden Week at Yoyogi Park, Shibuya, which so far considered the biggest national festival in Tokyo.

The festival aims to promote Thailand and Thai culture to the Japanese. Last year, which marks 125th Anniversay of Japan-Thailand Diplomatic relations, there was a special exhibition in the festival telling stories of both nations. Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Yukio Hatoyama, also attended the opening ceremony.

This year, the 14th Thai Fest, will not be less special. The event is schedules on weekend of 11-12 May 2013 at Yoyogi Park. Exhibitors from government and private sectors as well as NGOs will participate, including Thai food, drinks, and Thai traditional products, totalling 191 booths.

Stage performance will feature Thai traditional dances from Rajabhat Thonburi, Thai traditional music from Kanda University, Thai Boxing, special shows from Miss Thailand,Thai actors and actresses, XIS band, Tong & Jennie, Thaitanium, and Art Thomya & Bob Moderndog.
Pensuda Prai-aram, Chairman of Board of Directors, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), reveals that TAT booths will show architecture of Thai central region including Bangkok's Giant Swing, decorated in Thai traditional house style with Amazing Thailand photos. There will also be performances of Thai traditional dances, Thai garland weaving, Krathong or Thai banana leave cup making, workshops of Thai dances, games with lots of prizes. Also, TAT mascot "Happy Chan (Nong Suk-Jai") will walk around to take photos with visitors which turned to be very popular on Social Media last year.

The festival is expecting 300,000 visitors this year which reflects high interests of Japanese people towards Thai culture. Japanese visitors to Thailand has continued to increase with last year's number of 1,371,253 visitors, 21.58% jump from previous year. The festival hopes to influence more Japanese visitors to Thailand in the coming years.

TAT artists - Art Thomya and Bob Moderndog who wrote and performed the song "Miracle Thailand" also prepare some shows for this event. "We feel very honoured and delighted to be a part of this event. We have prepared songs in Thai, Japanese, and English, including Miracle Thailand song and Watashi no Tomodachi - the song for Japan-Thailand relations in which I wrote years ago. Please invite your friends in Tokyo to join. It will surely be a great fun and memorable event." said Art Thomya.

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