What point of view did Chinatown had emphasized to Daikyo Co., Ltd., and what part did Daikyo Co., Ltd.understood and decided to sell the land.
First of all, we asked Daikyo Co., Ltd. if they recognize what kind of environment is the land at, and told them that it is a problem to construct an apartment here, though we have never opposed to it in the past. The destination is right in the middle of the main street which connects China Town and Motomachi, and constructing an apartment may stop the development of "South Gate Silk Road" and also decline China Town. It might be a matter of life and death for the merchants and the shopping district of the street. It may cause a break down of the community by losing communication between the periphy and the studio type apartment residents. These awareness of the problems made a solidarity to the area.
What kind of a problem would have occurred if Daikyo Co., Ltd. had forced the construction?
It would be impossible to have vehicle-free hours on the street, because parking lot is required to be made in a large apartment by law. The excitement of the street would be lost if an apartment appears. According to China Town adjoining Yamashita Park, Lion Dance, which is a traditional Chinese culture are being practiced in the park. The drum sound would be a noise, and the residents would claim on the conversation on the street that might violate their sleep. It is clear that Lion Dance would never come out if these problems should occur. If the software of traditional culture disappears, China Town would trace the same destiny. As Japanese law is for the inhabitant, the drum must be stopped if anyone calls the police about the sound being too noisy. It is also clear that the residents of the apartment would complain about the smell and noise of the banquet or parties because their neighbors are restaurants.
We tried to persuade them by these problems. We gently asked Daikyo Co., Ltd to correspond by common sense, otherwise Yokohama China Town, which is a No.5 visiting spot in a whole country would fail to a boring town, due to the present law that is not made for protecting the town. We kept on negotiate patiently with them by telling those problems, and that we don't want to fight or make a campaign for opposition. However, we are prepared to solve the problem, and believe that Daikyo Co., Ltd does not want the China Town to fall down. It was inestimable for their decision of selling the land.
How much will it become? (it was told as one billion yen in another newspaper) Is Yokohama Chinatown Development Association going to bear it?
The amount is about 990 million yen. The Association is not the one to purchase it, but a new association that is going to build the shrine has been organized by the member of a citizen-based town-planning group called Yokohama Ma Zhu Miao. We would collect a contribution from all over country as well as building Guan Di Miao.
How do you describe "Ma Zhu Miao" plainly?
The Goddess in Ma Zhu Miao is god to protect the sea and she is very famous at coast areas. There is one enshrined in Hakone Kannnon in Japan, and a parade of Ma Zhu was held on this May 5th. A parade is grandly held in Nagasaki. Another one is enshrined in Sofukuji, Nagasaki. It is also a shrine which is most popular within women in Hong Kong.
Who was first one to worship Ma Zhu Miao in Japan?
It is said to be worshipped by Mito state councilor (usually called as Mito Komon) in 1690, Edo period.