Was this blog supposed to be only about Japan? I’m not really sure. I know that I started it with the intention of showing other people places that are nice, maybe add a few anecdotes, write an informative guide for those who begin their adventure with Japan as well as simply give a glimpse of what a daily life of a regular person like me looks like. Naturally, since I happen to currently reside in Tokyo, most of my updates are about Japan. But! My range of interests is much broader and I think that everyone through their lifetimes should explore as much as they can while they still can. Where is this introduction going? I’m a bit worried that some readers might be disappointed that there has been so little content about Japan these days.
All I can say is: open your mind! Asia is one heck of a land with thousands of different cultures. All so different and fascinating. I would love to visit Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and many others, there’s literally too many to list. In the last 2 months I have visited Taiwan and South Korea again. While videos I took in Korea are being edited into something somewhat cohesive, here I present you a short clip of my Taiwan adventures.
It is my very first video, forgive me my camera shyness (I’m a much better writer than speaker) and a husky voice (as I found out later, I went to Taiwan with raging tonsillitis).
Some extras for those interested in Taiwan and the spots I visited!
Minquan West Road
The area around the hotel I was staying in — you can’t see it here, but the very first thing I saw when I stepped outside the hotel was a bajillion of MOPEDS. They were literally everywhere.
My first impression of Taiwan? Street art! Everywhere I went I could find not only mopeds but also interesting graffiti, installations, projects etc. I loved it!
Downtown Taipei — Zhongshan!
Main streets immediately brought Shinjuku to my mind, but I didn’t want to be a typical tourist and wanted to explore those cute narrow streets, often hiding the best spots in town!
Awesome street art on and around the Zhongshan Station building!
One of the things that surprised me was the rule forbidding eating or drinking anything on the train. Of course I didn’t plan on bringing a Happy Meal and pigging out on it on the metro, but even chewing a gum is forbidden there and the fine is no joke. No chewing gum or bubble tea even on the train platform!
Until 2004, it was the tallest tower in the world. The view was really nice, but I guess it would be much more beautiful if it wasn’t obstructed by clouds of smog. Either way, it’s definitely worth visiting!
I really loved it there. It was a town full of life and cute places. It looked a bit like Shibuya, but it had this unique atmopshere I felt only in Taipei. And let’s not forget that the toilet restaurant I wrote about → HERE← is actually located in Ximen.
I wish there was a place like this in Tokyo… Delicious food, clothes, shoes, souvenirs, sweets, everything you need basically — and all that at prices so cheap it would be a sin to leave the market with empty hands. I left it with a full belly, full shopping bag and believe it or not — my wallet wasn’t empty either! Must go!
I traveled by myself so I had this freedom of going wherever I wanted. I tried to explore the market a bit more and you should do it too, if you ever find yourself in Taipei. All the hidden shabby streets I found were simply beautiful, I swear Taipei has the best atmosphere.
Did I mention I was actually a bit sick during my stay in Taipei? This poster made me feel a bit guilty for not wearing a mask…
Traditional Taiwanese hairwash!
I had this RuRuPu series guidebook with me –It’s a popular guidebook in Japan, basically they recommend places where you can communicate in Japanese, describe them in detail and mark on the map. I had no idea that something like ‘traditional Taiwanese hairwash’ even existed until I saw pictures of it in the guidebook. YOU SHOULD TOTALLY TRY IT! For 800 NT I got a hair scan (?) — I could see my hair and scalp skin magnified and could see all that damage years of dying my hair did to it. Then I got this glorious hair wash which was the best thing that ever happened to my hair and the skin of my head. It took about 20 minutes and then I got my hair professionally styled. HAIRGASM!
Plastic surgery ads!
Not only in South Korea. They were everywhere in Taipei too, though I noticed that face and body improvements people in the photos got, were rather minimal compared to the posters I saw on the streets of Seoul.
Ten Ren’s Tea
The tea here is to die for! I have never seen so many awesome flavours in my life. Let me just add that they were delicious, freshly prepared and cost about 40NT? Sooo good! And this also where I got all the souvenirs for my friends and family I mentioned in my video.
Beautiful street art in the beautiful Taipei.
Thank you for reading! ♥