Japanese performers to put on show for Hualien in wake of quake

Taipei, A group of Japanese performing artists will be putting on shows in Taipei and Hualien to show their concern in the wake of a magnitude 6.0 earthquake that jolted the eastern coastal county on Feb. 6 and left 17 people dead.

The performances will be held at Tsai Jui-yueh Dance Research Institute in Taipei and Hualien Cultural Creative Industries Park in the eastern county on Friday and Sunday, respectively, according to the event’s Facebook page.

At a press conference held in Taipei on Friday, Japanese actor and dancer Jun Amanto said the visiting performers represent Japan’s cultural and arts community and hope to reinforce disaster relief efforts in Hualien.

Amanto said he hoped to contribute to Hualien tourism, which has suffered in the wake of the earthquake, and also bring comfort to the hearts of Taiwanese friends.

When Japan was devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, it received assistance from a large number of Taiwanese, and this is also a way of showing gratitude, Amanto said.

The earthquake and tsunami that swept the eastern coast of the northern half of Honshu resulted in the deaths of 15,894 people and 2,546 people missing, according to Japan’s National Police Agency.

Another performer among the visiting Japanese artists, Rena Masuyama, has used her own money to rent a television wall in Shibuya, a special ward in Tokyo, to remind people that Hualien was inviting Japanese to travel to the county.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel