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Taiwan also known, especially in the past, as Formosa
(from Portuguese: Ilha Formosa, "Beautiful Island"), is an island situated in East Asia in the Western Pacific Ocean and located off the southeastern coast of mainland China. It comprises 99% of the territory of the Republic of China (ROC) since the 1950s; therefore, the term "Taiwan" is also a common name to refer to the Republic of China itself.

Separated from the Asian continent by the 160 km (99 mi) wide Taiwan Strait, the main island of the group is 394 km (245 mi) long and 144 kilometres (89 mi) wide.

Taiwan's climate is marine tropical.
The northern part of the island has a rainy season that lasts from January through late March during the northeast monsoon, and experiences meiyu in May.
The entire island experiences hot, humid weather from June through September. The middle and southern parts of the island do not have an extended monsoon season during the winter months.
Natural hazards such as typhoons and earthquakes are common in the region.
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Taiwan has a tropical climate,
varying from hot and humid in the south,
to cooler temperatures in the north and inland mountainous region.
Winters are short and tend to be mild, while summer is usually hot, with plenty of humidity.

Throughout the country, sudden rain showers occur frequently and visitors are advised to travel with raingear. In July and September, typhoons from the South China Sea bring heavy rains and as mentioned, monsoons occur frequently. September to October (autumn) is the driest period in Taiwan, followed by a generally damp and chilly winter, with snow on the island's mountain peaks.
Temperatures in the summer can reach up to 90ºF (35ºC) at the coast.
source : www.wordtravels.com


. Personal Introduction to Taiwan
Chen-ou Liu .

Special Thanks go to Chen-ou for his valuable contributions.

NeverEnding Story
First English-Chinese Bilingual Haiku and Tanka BLOG
Chen-ou Liu
source : neverendingstory

Taiwan, 2013 - Chen-ou Liu

Happy Year of the Snake
a girl says with her hands
Taipei Sky Walker

Taipei Sky Walker is the first tourist e-book in three languages (Chinese, Japanese, and English), containing aerial photos of Taipei attractions
source : Taipei Sky Walker - google

fifth night of Chinese New Year
God of Wealth and I see
eye to eye in my dream

On the 5th day of Chinese New Year Festival,
it’s believed that the gods of prosperity come down from the heavens. Therefore, it’s the best day of the year to open new businesses.

Water Snake Lantern zigzags
through Ketagalan Boulevard ...
end of Chinese New Year

Today, February 24, is the Lantern Festival, marking the end of the 15-day Chinese New Year festivities.
Ketagalan Boulevard is in Zhongzheng District,Taipei, Taiwan, between the Presidential Building and the East Gate. Its length is 400 m,and there are ten lanes in two directions and no traffic islands.


Season Words from Taiwan

Confucius Festisvals : Sekiten 釈奠 (せきてん) / Sekisai 釈菜(せきさい)
spring and autumn

Double Ninth Day, Chrysanthemum Festival
the ninth day of the ninth month

Lantern Festival Yuanxiao Festival 元宵節

Moon Festival, Mid-autumn Festival
moon cakes, moon rice cakes


Haiku Topics from Taiwan

Awaiting Husband Reef, Wang Fu Reef

Sun Moon Lake

Yangming Mountain, Yang-ming shan


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2/28 Peace Park
this familiar accent
Indonesian maids

Confucius minus the head
Indoneisan maid forgot the sage
as she helps take my picture

seeds of
2/28 Peace Park

The 2/28 Peace Park, used to be the Taipei Park(also named New Park) , set up in 1899, is situated at the end of Guanqian Road in front of Taipei Main Station.
source : john tiong chunghoo


. Taiwan 1979 : Photo Album Gabi Greve

. . . Asian Haiku Travelogue : Gabi Greve


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1 comment:

NHK news said...

Taiwan lantern festival

More than 1 million people showed up for the launch of the annual Taiwan Lantern Festival on Sunday.

The occasion in the northern Taiwanese county of Hsingchu is part of the lunar new year events.

At the opening on Sunday, the more than 10,000 lanterns were lit at the same time as various performances, including a Yosakoi dance from Japan, took place.

A 20-meter high lantern in the shape of a snake made its way through the night while the LED lights changed color. The snake is this year's zodiac symbol.

One tourist said the combination of modern technology and traditional culture made the lights especially fascinating. Another said the vivid colors represent Taiwan's culture well.

This year, a traditional Japanese float used in the Nebuta Festival in Aomori Prefecture will take part in the festivities. The festival ends on March 10th.

Feb. 25, 2013
NHK News