Saitama Province, Japan -- A Buddhist pagoda, the first of overseas Vietnamese in Japan, was inaugurated in Koshigaya city, Saitama province, on the first day of 2006.
The 300 sq.m pagoda is about 100 km to the northwest of Tokyo.
Its construction is estimated to cost 42 million JPY (around US$350,000) from donations by overseas Vietnamese.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony, nun Thich Thong Thang of the pagoda said the pagoda not only serves as a spiritual worship but also a venue for overseas Vietnamese in Japan.
She also said the pagoda takes its name of Nam Hoa as a wish for a peaceful and prosperous Viet Nam and for the development of the Viet Nam-Japan friendship because Nam means Viet Nam and Hoa means peace and also is another name of Japan.