A heartwarming video featuring a Vietnamese university student expressing gratitude to his Japanese teacher on Vietnamese Teachers’ Day (November 20) has gone viral in Vietnam on account of the endearing reactions of the latter.
“We sincerely wish for your continuous well-being, abundant joy in life, and further success in your teaching endeavors,” the male student extended his wishes to the teacher in Japanese in the video.
“Once again, happy Vietnamese Teachers’ Day.
"This modest gift is our way of expressing our appreciation, and we hope you accept it with warmth.”
The student was handing a bouquet of flowers and a card handwritten in Japanese to the teacher, who kept his head bowed throughout that duration.
In response, the teacher shyly scratched his head and said, “Thank you very much!”, in Japanese.
His charming reactions garnered significant attention from young netizens, eliciting comments like “The teacher is so adorable,” “Look at how shy he is,” “I can hardly tell the teacher from the student.”
Ngo Thuy Diu, a sophomore of the Department of Japanese Studies at Hanoi University, who shared the video online, said the footage was recorded last Thursday.
The teacher featured in the video is Atsushi Morita, responsible for teaching Japanese writing skills.
Diu initially shared the clip on the Internet as a keepsake of the heartwarming moment, without anticipating its spread.
Nguyen Tien Dat, the male student in the video, added that Atsushi is one of the two Japanese language teachers from the Department of Japanese Studies at Hanoi University.
“He only began working at our department from the start of this year,” said Dat.
“This is probably his first time spending November 20 in Vietnam.
“We wanted to express our gratitude to him for teaching us his mother tongue.
“Even though November 20 is Vietnamese Teachers’ Day, given that he is teaching in Vietnam, we still wanted to show our appreciation.
“After receiving our small tokens of gratitude, he appeared deeply moved and expressed heartfelt thanks.”