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Made in Taiwan – The Band (interview)

Today I am sharing with you something different! There has always been K-Pop and J-Pop, but… come on guys, it’s old story now, time to move forward and… how about T-Pop?

I discovered last summer a French Band called Made In Taiwan, and I found it funny that T-Pop actually could spread as far as France! Getting to know the band, I realized though that it is actually not related to Taiwan musically or culturally, but anyway it is an interesting discovery, and a band to follow for sure! Read on for the summary of the interview with Manu, who created the band…

 

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Incense, Prayers and Music: Chinese New Year at the Mazu Temple in Fengyuan (video)

The Matsu Temple is the oldest and arguably most important in Fengyuan, next to Taichung. Some parts date back to more than 300 years ago, as I was reminded several time during my time there! Many people go there on Chinese New Year’s Eve to pray for luck and success for the New Year, and also go to the attending Night Market enjoy some delicacies – Oyster Omelet! – or buy lottery.

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A week-end at the East Rift Valley National Scenic Area

Recently, I joined my girlfriend for a week-end on the East Coast of Taiwan.

While Taroko is probably the most famous spot in Hualien county, if you just drive a few kilometers south of the city, you enter another bigger, protected area called the East Rift Valley National Scenic Area. It is not a national park but rather a protected domain that boasts quite a lot of attractions. For this post I will limit the visit to some attractions in the North, but if you are interested in knowing more you can follow the link to their (english) website: http://bit.ly/1ej4tEd

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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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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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Interview (2): Mr. Yang, Atelier “Firefly”, artist

Today I am glad to share with you the 2nd interview on the series of Taipei people, and it is a special one, for an artist whose shop I know for a long time-I used to live next to his atelier, but never really dared to speak to him until a couple of weeks ago-. Mr. Yang’s atelier is really full of charm, as I hope you can see in the video, and it has a romantic atmosphere to it that fits well in Yong Kang Jie.

I spent quite a lot of time with Mr Yang, after the interview we kept talking for a long while, and, if I summarize the conversation, two things struck me:

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From Hualien to Taidong

The East Coast of Taiwan is really beautiful, and less developed than the western coast.

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Click here or the picture to see the set of pictures from this week-end!

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