Brown sugar from Okinawa popular in Shanghai

Brown sugar from Okinawa popular in Shanghai

On January 25, at the Metro City Mall in Shanghai, people stopped by the Kyushu Okinawa Food Fair and looked at Okinawan products.

February 11, 2013 Ryota Kotani, Correspondent of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On January 24 and 25, the Kyushu Okinawa Food Fair was held at the Metro City shopping mall in Shanghai. This event was originally scheduled to be held last October, but was postponed due to the dispute between Japan and China over the Senkaku Islands or Diaoyutais.

The Okinawa Prefectural Government exhibited products such as shekwasha (citrus depressa) juice and brown sugar from its antenna shop in Shanghai. Many visitors stopped in front of these novelty items and bought some.

Keisuke Nishihara, a sanshin player who teaches classes in Shanghai, performed his music and songs, creating an exciting atmosphere.

Yukio Sugimoto, the director of the Kumamoto Shanghai Office which managed the food fair, said, “It was a pity we couldn’t hold the event last year due to the Senkaku Island’s issue, but Japan-China relations have improved from the end of the year, so we could hold it. The local police cooperated by patrolling to prevent problems occurring during the fair.” Also, he said that he would like people in Shanghai to know the good things about Kyushu and Okinawa, and hopes that many Chinese people will visit the sites as was the case previously.

The frosty relationship between Japan and China is expected to improve from now through such events.

(English translation by T&CT, Lima Tokumori and Mark Ealey)

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