Kin Municipal Office erects a huge sign announcing it as the “Town of Taco Rice”

Kin Municipal Office erects a huge sign announcing it as the “Town of Taco Rice”

The huge sign stating “Town of Taco Rice” with Kin Mayor Tsuyoshi Gibu (left) and chairperson Morimitsu Kokuba (right) of the Kin Society of Commerce and Industry on April 6 in Kin.


April 11, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo

On April 6, a huge sign stating, “The town with the biggest Taco Rice in the world” was placed in Kin, with mayor Tsuyoshi Gibu declaring the town to be the “town of taco rice.” Taco rice was thought up in Parlor Senri in the restaurant area called Shinkaichi in front of the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Hansen in 1984 and since then has spread all over Okinawa and Japan.

In 2010, the Kin Society of Commerce and Industry made the world biggest dish of taco rice, which is officially recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records. The sign is as big as the Guinness World Record dish of 180 centimeters wide and 12 meters long.

At the unveiling ceremony, Morimitsu Kokuba, the chairperson of the society said, “This sign is going to be the symbol of the town, which is known as the town of taco rice both in reality and in name.”
Mayor Gibu commented, “Taco rice is the result of a blend of different food cultures. We want to use this local resource to good effect to attract people to our town.”

(English translation by T&CT, Shinako Oyakawa and Mark Ealey)

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