Japan prefectures promote tourism through delicacies


TAIPEI–A Japanese delicacy sampling presentation took place in Taipei Saturday to promote tourism and express thanks for Taiwan’s assistance in the wake of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.

Sumio Tarui, director of the Interchange Association Taipei Office, said the association invited groups from the six prefectures that were hardest-hit in the disaster to provide their local specialties, such as fried noodles or hot pots, for Taiwanese people.

“They came with a heart of gratitude,” Tarui said.

The Interchange Association serves as Japan’s representative office in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The six prefectures — Aomori, Iwate, Akita, Miyagi, Yamagata and Fukushima — set up booths at a department store in downtown Taipei, and people lined up to get a taste of the special delicacies at the sampling that was to continue until the following day.