I used to think that Taiwan was less archaic and draconian than the Chinese mainland. Turns out I was wrong.
Swiping, checking your phone, and playing games in bed seem like a good idea, that is until you hear about the middle-aged man who's now got the neck of a 70-year-old.
Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, the man who brought the world the giant rubber duck and the giant floating hippo, has created another giant creature; a giant rabbit.
The scion of all things pink and cute, Hello Kitty is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. In Taiwan, where they love all things Hello Kitty, a celebration for the silent cat's birthday turned into a more somber affair.
Takeshi Kaneshiro, who will forever be known for Onimusha, is in the headlines again in Taiwan after a typhoon blew through the island earlier this month. Interestingly enough, Kaneshiro himself wasn't making the waves, but rather a tree that he sat under in a commercial once.
Japanese comic and animation One Piece is immensely popular in Taiwan. In fact, it's so popular that the first ever One Piece exhibition outside of Japan saw over 100,000 guests within its first week.
Pants. I don't like them, but I have to wear them. I'm sure some of you feel the same too. And putting on pants has always been so boring. At least until now!
Hot off the heels of the previous fun run, the folks over in Taiwan have held another hero run. This time, they run for the Dark Knight!
In the movies, Godzilla is a creature born from a perversion of nature and created from nuclear waste. Taiwanese graduate student Li Yi-Kai's version of Godzilla is different. It's completely made up of natural waste: fallen branches.
Looking to make crossing the street a little safer, Taiwanese legislators have proposed fining pedestrians who cross the street while "distracted" by mobile phones. The proposed law will fine any pedestrian deemed "distracted" about $10 for each infraction!
A Taiwanese man was recently charged with obstruction of police business after badmouthing police officers on an online forum.
Cardboard is great. It can be shelter, it can be storage, it can be entertainment, it can be invisibility on the battlefield, and if taken to the extreme, it can be art.
Over the weekend, the Avengers assembled in Taiwan! Well... sort of. This past weekend in Taipei, thousands of superhero fans and running enthusiasts hit the ground running in a 5k marathon.
Taiwan has had fairly good relations with Japan—that's taking into account that Japan once occupied the island. To celebrate and to strengthen these relations, Japan's NGO Earth non government organization recently sent a group of volunteers to the island. The volunteers were Power Rangers.
Video games often have epic music. The Encounter music from Metal Gear Solid will always be burned into my mind as something that instills urgency. Music from the Assassin's Creed series is the same, so no wonder that students from Taipei's Dongshi Middle School used the music for their flag-twirling performance.
Here are some photos from this year's Taipei Game Show in...Taipei, Taiwan!Unlike China Joy on the mainland, TGS is consoles galore.
Shopkeeper Ms. Wang has run a video games shop in Taipei for well over 10 years. Located in the underground Taipei City Mall, Wang's shop is one of two mom and pop stores that specialise in selling retro games. Now, after more than a decade, she's talking about calling it quits and moving on towards something else.
The Taipei Game Show, that "other" TGS, is like every other video game show out there. Lots of pretty people, lots of gamers, and games games games galore. However, this year's Taipei Game Show has something not so normal: within the depths of the game show convention is a recruitment base for Taiwan's military.
With all the world championship tournaments going on over the last few months, one tournament was sort of left in the wind. While this might have happened earlier this month, it's still interesting. During this year's Yu-Gi-Oh World Championships, a new King of Games was crowned.