One of the newest points of interest in Tainan, the Hatta Yoichi Memorial Park.

Michella Jade Weng, Host:
Hello everyone and welcome to "Time for Taiwan." My name is Michella Jade Weng. Today we're at one of the newest points of interest in Tainan, the Hatta Yoichi Memorial Park. And since Mr Hatta was Japanese, I've brought along a Japanese friend, Mr Yoshifumi Katakura.

Michella Jade Weng, Host:
(Welcome, Mr Katakura.)

Yoshifumi Katakura, Author:
(Happy to be here, Michella.)

Michella Jade Weng, Host:
(Shall we?)Yoshifumi Katakura, Author:
(Yes, let's go.)

Yoichi Hatta was the Japanese engineer that designed the Chianan Canal and the Wushantou Reservoir in the 1920s, during the Japanese occupation.

To commemorate him, the Japanese-style house in which Hatta lived at the time was rebuilt according to old blueprints and the memories of his children.

The furniture on display in the house are all donations from his surviving family and friends in Kanazawa, Japan.Mr Katakura is the author of several books on Taiwan and is touched by the effort that the Tourism Bureau has put into restoring these living quarters.

He believes that this memorial park shows that the Taiwanese people truly appreciate the history and bond that they share with the Japanese.

Michella Jade Weng, Host:
(What do you think of the memorial park?)

Yoshifumi Katakura, Author:
(The strongest impression I got was how Taiwanese people are accepting Mr. Hatta's contributions. This is something to be quite happy about. I hope this will also make for better Japan-Taiwan relations in the future.)

You'll see in the memorial park both Taiwanese and Japanese tourists walking about, taking in the sights of traditional Japanese houses and imagining how the engineers and their families played tennis on the clay court and perhaps how they picnicked under the trees during their time off.

Just a short drive away is the reservoir and a bronze statue of Hatta, sitting, as if contemplating the reservoir's design.

Katakura has visited this place more than a dozen times and he found it surprising that there are always fresh cut flowers here.

Yoshifumi Katakura, Author:
(I always see flowers there. I think people come and bring flowers for Mr Hatta. And because this place is not easily accessible to Japanese people, I think it's Taiwanese people who are doing this. And because they bring flowers, it also means that the story of Mr. Hatta is still being passed on to younger generations.)

In 1942 Hatta died while en route to the Philippines, when the ship he was on was attacked by an American submarine.

His body was never found, but his spirit and his contributions continue to be celebrated both in Japan and here in Tainan.
台南最新旅遊景點
八田與一紀念園區


主持人 翁郁容:
大家好,歡迎收看Time for Taiwan,我是翁郁容。今天我們來到台南最新景點之一,八田與一紀念園區。因為八田先生是日本人,所以今天我們也邀請了一位日本朋友一起來玩。片倉佳史先生。

主持人 翁郁容:
片倉先生,請多多指教。

日本作家 片倉佳史:
郁容小姐,請多多指教。

主持人 翁郁容:
我們進去吧。

日本作家 片倉佳史:
走。

他,是日治時代,嘉南大圳和烏山頭水庫的設計者,八田與一。

為了紀念八田,觀光局依照當時設計圖和八田的兒女的回憶,修復了他的住宅。

而房子裡的傢具等,都是由八田在金澤的親朋好友所捐贈,希望還原當時最真實的景觀給來訪的民眾。

片倉先生是一位長期旅居台灣的日本作家,他寫過超過20本有關台灣的書籍。觀光局如此修復八田老宅,令他感動不已。

片倉先生認為,八田與一紀念園區的興建,代表台灣人真的相當珍惜日本以前對台灣的貢獻,還有與日本人共同回憶的懷念。

主持人 翁郁容:
您覺得這紀念園如何呢?

日本作家 片倉佳史:
嗯,最強烈的印象是,台灣人現在也能很客觀、冷靜的接受八田先生的貢獻。這是令人開心的一件事。希望這未來也會讓日本和台灣的關係更好。

在這裡,您會看到不只台灣人,還有很多日本人都特地到此參觀傳統日式建築。您可以想像當時的技師們和眷屬假日時,在紅土上打網球,在大樹下休息、野餐的模樣。

而八田與一的銅像就在附近,坐著眼神直直凝視前方的水庫,似乎在思考水庫的設計。

片倉先生來這裡已經十幾次,令他驚訝的是,每次都看到有人供著鮮花。

日本作家 片倉佳史:
每次來都有花供在那兒。一定是有人為了送花給八田先生而來的。因為日本人來到這裡並不容易,所以我覺得這是台灣民眾送的花。也就是說,台灣人會來送花,代表八田先生的故事到現在還代代相傳。

只可惜,八田與一1942年在前往菲律賓的船途中,因為遭到美國潛艇攻擊,不幸死亡。

他的遺體至今一直沒有被找到,不過他的精神與付出,在日本還有在台南這個地方,永遠被大家紀念著。