Taiwan, Japan "pine mountain" railway stations mark 10-yr sisterhood

Songshan Station in eastern Taipei and Matsuyama Station in western Japan's Ehime Prefecture, which share the same Chinese characters meaning a "pine mountain," marked 10 years of sisterhood on Friday.

To celebrate the anniversary, musicians including a taiko drumming band composed of local schoolchildren, performed at Songshan Station, which was named Matsuyama during the Japanese colonial era through 1945, according to Taiwan's Foreign Ministry.

The island has a total of 32 train stations that share the same Chinese characters in their names as stations in Japan, the Taiwan Railways Administration said.

Tu Wei, director general of TRA, told Kyodo News that Songshan Station was the first among them to complete a sisterhood accord with the Japanese station of the same name.

Shoji Nagato from Shikoku Railway Co., operator of Matsuyama Station, said in a speech at the event that the facility will be renovated in the fall of next year and a gallery space will be set up to showcase its ties with Taiwan.

© Kyodo News