Date: Oct 12, 2015
By: Huang Hsu-lei and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer
Taiwanese guide Hsieh Ming-huang (謝銘煌) has taken to using the nation’s
flag to guide groups of Taiwanese tourists in Japan, as he says it is a useful way to shepherd his charges and to promote the nation abroad.
A graduate of Okinawa University who lived in Japan prior to becoming a tour guide, Hsieh said that it is unusual to see Taiwan’s national flag in Japan, and he brings at least one with him whenever he leads a tour.
For more than 17 years, Hsieh has led tour groups to many of Japan’s most famous sites — such as Arashiyama in Kyoto, Otarushi in Hokkaido and many places in Tokyo — while waving the national flag.
When people asked him what flag it was and if he had any spares, Hsieh said he does not hesitate to pull one out of his backpack and give it to them saying: “I am from Taiwan and this is our national flag.” [FULL STORY]