Taipei, March 23 (CNA) A concert was held in Taiwan's offshore county of Penghu on Thursday to mark the 122nd anniversary of the Japanese occupation of the island group.
About 100 people attended the concert at a monument in Lizhengjiao, the area where the Japanese Army first landed in Penghu on March 23, 1895.
The concert was aimed at conveying a message of peace and love to the world through music, the organizers said.
Japanese flute player Yano San performed a Japanese folk song "The Moon over the Ruined Castle" and a Taiwanese folk song "The Torment of a Flower."
Wu Cheng-chieh (吳政杰), chief of Huxi township in Penghu, said Wednesday at a forum on the history of the Japanese occupation that Penghu had played a crucial role during that period of history and that the people had learned valuable lessons during that time.
In 1895, Taiwan, including the Penghu islands, became a Japanese colony via the Treaty of Shimonoseki following the First Sino-Japanese War. On March 23 that year, Japanese forces landed at Lizhengjia in Penghu, a strategic gateway to Taiwan.
(By Evelyn Kao)