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The River

One night, I went down to the river. I don’t know, maybe it was the huge moon rising in the night, maybe it was the typhoon that was about to swallow Taiwan. The air was warm, comfortable. Friday night. It felt good.

The DadaoCheng Pier

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Cute Grandmothers practicing oil-paper umbrella dance in Taiwan

It is around 9pm, I walk into a park in Taipei, next to Songjiang road, with two friends of mine, and we come across a group of grandmothers training with conviction. They carry umbrellas. There’s about nine of them, and one trainer. While they are performing, I go to the trainer and ask:
“-Wow, that’s a great group, can we take pictures?
-Yes. She pauses. But be quick. We have a competition this week-end!
-OK.”Gracious Grandmothers

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Huaguang Community

Huaguang Community

Right at the heart of Taipei, next to the Chang Kai Chek Memorial, one of Taiwan’s biggest landmarks, there is a big plot of land owned by the ministry of justice.
When KMT arrived in Taiwan after losing China to the Communists in the late 40’s, the land was given to some public servants as a temporary shelter until an hypothetical victory against the Communists. However, this never happened, and the result today, more than 60 years later, is a complex situation leading to the destruction of an historical part of Taipei, a memory of the Japanese era and the recent KMT era.

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Plum Rain in Taiwan (interlude)

A couple of weeks ago, in the midst of the hot sleepy June, I was home when a huge and torrential rain reached Taipei, a phenomenon commonly known as “Plum Rain” or 梅雨, in Asia (Click link for definition).

Rain

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Lala Mountain

As we were heading to Lala Shan, I realized I didn’t know what was Lala Shan at all. I thought it was a touristic place like many other I had seen, with an old street, slightly old-fashion, full of more-or-less modern shops selling more-or-less appealing goods. I thought this was the kind of place where you spend a Sunday afternoon.
But as we made our two hours and a half way through the road, 60 km of laces going always deeper in the Taoyuan county’s mountain, it became evident that this was not specifically the kind of place I was thinking about.

Lala Mountain

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C’est ça Monga!

Wanhua is an old, messy district of Taipei and I tried to transcript its atmosphere for this photo session on a Friday night: slow shooting speed and immediate, simple compositions!
Anyway, out of all this mess I could feel once more the poetry of this wild place.

Wanhua-33

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Interview: Narita, Pharmacist (Benoit)

Hello everyone, this article is the first of the new concept for the series “People”. Rather than just writing an article from time to time, i have decided to focus on people in Litanies : after all, if Taiwan is so great, it is because of its people and this is why they deserve more attention. So each week-if possible, i will publish an article including a short movie, an interview, and a picture taken with my Yashica camera to highlight someone i think has something interesting to share. There are already several articles on the way! The purpose is to show an insight of what is going on in Taiwan those days, and share some of the magic I feel everyday. Once the article is ready I will print the picture taken with the Yashica and go to give to the people who accepted to do the interview as a way to thank them.
NB: the interview are usually in Chinese because this is more convenient for the people to talk, but you can enable subtitles in the video on youtube. Please share your comments if you have some ideas to make the article more interesting!

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