I can’t believe I have written this much about Taipei. Usually when we travel someplace I write one post about the entire country. This is much easier and more fun so I might start doing it this when we travel abroad. Don’t worry, our next trip is not until April when we head down under to Australia.
So Taipei is, as my wonderful wife put it, very East Asian. I have been to Vietnam, Myanmar, obviously I live in Malaysia, and recently we went to Hong Kong. I went to China about 10 years ago but I still remember what it was like. All of these places are their own identity. So in Taiwan for sure, but the influence of Korean of Japanese culture is very obvious. I see Korean culture here in Malaysia because of the expat community, but it is not mainstream. There are a few Korean channels that show the wonder that is K-Pop. My neighborhood is swarming with Korean BBQ places to the point that you wonder how it is even possible for all of them to be successful. But the mainstream culture is very Malaysian. Japanese culture has made more in roads but given the history of Japan here I do not think it will be mainstream anytime soon. (Although Isetan, the Japanese department store, kicks butt)
The point is, we saw a lot of things in Taipei that just screamed East Asia to us. Let’s take a look shall we? (See also the mascot post. There will be a few mascot like things on this post and again on the HTLWIM post because mascots are everywhere in Taipei. Maji Meow for life!)