By: Hao Hsueh-chin and Elizabeth Hsu
Taipei, Oct. 16 (CNA) The lead character of a popular Japanese manga series and animation, Chibi Maruko-chan (櫻桃小丸子), visited the Taichung City government Friday to promote tourism in her birthplace of Shizuoka Prefecture and cooperation with the central Taiwan municipality.
A life-sized effigy of the much-loved manga figure was part of a delegation headed by Yoshi Kusawake, an official in charge of city promotion affairs in the Shizuoka City government, that is visiting Taichung to attend the Taichung International Travel Fair Oct. 16-19.
“Welcome to Maruko-chan’s hometown,” Kusawake said as he touted a Chibi Maruko-chan entertainment park in Shizuoka, as well as agricultural specialities of the prefecture such as green tea and strawberries. [FULL STORY]