history · Japan

Poisonous Pufferfish and the Treaty that Ceded Taiwan to Japan

A few months ago, I had a chance to visit the town of Shimonoseki. People familiar with Taiwanese history will recognize it as site of the Treaty of Shimonoseki (馬關條約) from 1895, in which Qing China ceded Taiwan to Japan. I'd always only known the Taiwan side of this story. It turns out there is… Continue reading Poisonous Pufferfish and the Treaty that Ceded Taiwan to Japan

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Taipei’s Museum of Contemporary Art (+ History + Technology!)

Last week, Mii-chan, a friend from the Japan office of the company I work for, stayed with me for a week. This was actually my first time hosting, and it felt great, since I'm usually the one crashing at people's places to finally be able to host my friends!! Thanks to her, I also got… Continue reading Taipei’s Museum of Contemporary Art (+ History + Technology!)