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Japanese get an eyeful on visit to Neimen Township

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

One hundred Japanese tourists were scheduled to visit Neimen Township (內門) in Kaohsiung County yesterday to taste local delicacies and experience traditional temple culture, a county government official said.

During their visit, a university team that has won three consecutive competitions in the Songjiang Battle Array — a kind of temple folk art performance — was to give a creative Songjiang performance, with another troupe set to give a more traditional performance, the official said.

The Songjian Battle Array and other folk performances are usually staged in the township’s Guanting Village or Chichu Temple each year to mark the birthday of Guanyin, the bodhisattva of compassion, on the 19th day of the second lunar month, which falls on April 3 this year.

If the performances receive a warm response from the tourists, another Japanese tour group will be organized to attend the temple celebrations next month, the official said.

The township’s religious culture and folk art have been designated by the Tourism Bureau as one of the 12 major traditional festivals in Taiwan.

The temple, in collaboration with local chefs, has also developed a complete set meal titled “Songjiang” to highlight local cuisine.

A Songjiang Battle Array competition has been held annually by the county government for the last six years with the aim of infusing vigor and innovation into the traditional folk art.

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