A luscious reason for renaming Nango district in Japan as Mango

A luscious reason for renaming Nango district in Japan as Mango
Nichinan city in Miyazaki Prefecture
PHOTO: Nichinan City Tourist Association

The Mango district?

Miyazaki Prefecture's Nichinan city government has unveiled a promotional video announcing it will change the name of Nango, a mango production district, to Mango.

Although it is not an official change, the city hopes the move will help promote Nango's signature agricultural product - mangoes - to the rest of the nation.

In the video, Nichinan Mayor Kyohei Sakita, 38, announces the change.

JR Nango Station employees say "Yes, this is Mango Station" as they answer the phone, and students at Nango Elementary School cheerfully say,

"We're from Mango Elementary School."

Nichinan accounts for 10 per cent of the prefecture's mango production, with most mango farmers living in Nango.

At the Michi no Eki Nango roadside rest area, a lottery for the fruit is held on weekends.

Sakita promised he would wear a mango-shaped headdress for a day at work should the promotional video get more than 100,000 views.

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