Oyama residents set up Taimo fan club

Oyama residents set up Taimo fan club

On February 9, at the Ginowan Yui Marche, members of the Oyama Taimo Fan Club welcomed people interested in taimo.

February 18, 2013 Yukito Toyama of the Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 6, volunteers set up the Oyama Taimo Fan Club to let people know about the potatoes produced in the Oyama district of Ginowan. Taimo is a tropical plant grown primarily as an edible root vegetable. It goes by several names, including taro. By playing on words linking tanmu in the pronunciation of Okinawan dialect they decided on February 6 as the promotion day for taimo. They are planning to offer a tour of the taimo fields and to hold monthly events. Through such activities, the club hopes to come up with more attractions from taimo.

On February 9 and 10, as its first activity, the members of the club sold bread and pastries made of taimo gathered in Oyama in the harvest festival hosted by the agricultural and marine products dealer Ginowan Yui Marche. Many people queued up for free servings of muji soup that included stems of taimo.

The club is gradually increasing the number of its members, including farmers and dealers of taimo products.

Naoko Nakamura from Ginowan became interested in taimo when she took a walk in the taimo fields in Oyama with her children. She said, “I hope that many people will come and get to know the beauty of the taimo fields.”

For inquiries about the fan club, please send an email to: ooyamataimo@gmail.com

The club also provides information at http://otfc.ti-da.net/

(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)

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