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My First Themed Cafe, Pompompurin Cafe

Located in the Att 4 Fun building on the food court level is a cafe dedicated to Pompompurin (布丁狗 / bu ding gou), the happy Golden Retriever from Sanrio with a beatnik hat. This was my first experience with a…

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Taiwan

Experiencing Taiwan’s Largest Night Market

In the north-western part of Taichung City sits one of the largest night markets in Taiwan, Fengchia Night Market (逢甲夜市 / feng jia ye shi). It takes its name from the nearby Fengchia University and spans dozens of blocks. As…

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Taiwan

Stopping by the Totoro Bus Stop

On the way back up to Taichung from Tainan, I stopped by what has been called “Danei Totoro Bus Stop” (大內龍貓公車站 / da nei long mao gong che zhan) It’s a slight detour on the 3, between Tainan and Chiayi….

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Taiwan

Copy That, Copycat

As much as Taiwan loves its Japanese culture, it also loves a lot of Western things. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in the branding of stores and items for sale. Specifically, there’s a sizable culture behind copying and…

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A World Apart, But Still Familiar

In another post, I explored some contrasts between US and Taiwan culture. While there are differences, there are a lot of reminders of how prevalent western culture still is. Here are some of my observations: The really popular mobile games…

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