Japanese man makes video to thank Taiwan for earthquake aid

Taipei, In gratitude for Taiwan's help in the wake of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Shunske Hagiwara from Japan's Gunma Prefecture has spent 86 days in Taiwan filming a video to help promote Taiwan tourism.

During filming, the 27-year-old tried various local foods, including rice noodle soup, meatballs, bawan and stinky tofu at traditional markets. "Stinky tofu smells awful, but tastes good," he said.

In addition, Hagiwara cycled around Hsinchu, Taiwan's "City of Wind," to feel the city's winds, danced with indigenous people in Hualien, and was deeply impressed by the scenery of the Gaomei Wetlands in Taichung.

"The most beautiful scenery in Taiwan is its hospitality," said Hagiwara, who quit his job in April to make the video, adding that thanks to the hospitality of the Taiwanese people, he spent only about NT$30,000 (US$979) on his three-month stay.

It is the second time that he has come to Taiwan to express his gratitude for the country's help following the 2011 earthquake.

Four years ago, Hagiwara, wearing a "Thank you, Taiwan" T-shirt with a poster in his hands, posed for photos in 10 cities around Taiwan to show his gratitude.

According to a Facebook post by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Taiwan donated over 20 billion Japanese yen (US$177.3 million) to Japan in the aftermath of the quake and tsunami.

Hagiwara's video, titled "Exploring the Beauty of Taiwan," is available in Japanese and traditional Chinese on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyjnNwDG6fg#action=share.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel