Okinawa City Ichibangai opens Taiwan cultural plaza

Okinawa City Ichibangai opens Taiwan cultural plaza

On June 29 in Chuo, Okinawa City, participants visited to worship the Taiwanese god of business and prosperity Chenghuanye

July 18, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo


On July 2, a Taiwanese cultural plaza called Taiwan Hao Market opened at the Ichibangai in Chuo, Okinawa City.

The market is meant to promote the cultural exchange and revitalization of Okinawa City’s Ichibangai and Taiwan’s Dihua Street. An opening reception was held at the plaza building on June 29.


Tea and imported goods directly from Taiwan will be sold at the cultural plaza, and there will be Taiwanese lectures and workshops.

Changhuanye is a god from the XiaHai City God Temple, a temple that has a history of over 100 years in Taipei.

This god is believed to have benefits for good business, perfect health, and traffic safety, and is enshrined at the plaza for a limited time until the end of August.


At the opening reception, students from two elementary schools from Taiwan played string instruments.

Popular Taiwanese desserts such as Tapioka milk tea and mung bean zenzai were offered to visitors.


Kyohei Shu of the Asian City Exchange Center announced, “I am very happy to realize a way for future children to engage in cultural exchange.

I hope for further exchange and development of both sides in the from here on out.”


As a part of the “City Cultural Exchange Month,” the non-profit community development organization Koza Machi Shachu has been working to hold Taiwan-Okinawa cultural exchange events and events to promote tourism from June 29 to the end of August.


The cultural plaza is open from 10 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sundays.

For inquiries, call 098 (989) 3366.



(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)


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