VIRTUAL TOUR: FOUR FOUR SOUTH VILLAGE


A 5 minute walk from Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, there’s a small village named Four Four South Village. Here’s a hot spot among young people in Taiwan. Colorful doors and windows look good in gray of concrete wall.    I feel that I am wrapped with a spectacle time-slipped to the small community in 1950’s. And time…

LOVE LOVE LOVE TAIWAN FOOD


After visiting Lungshan Temple of Manka, we felt hungry. Already had sun grown dark, however it was really hot and humid outside. So we decided taking a break and having a quick dinner. We found a nice restaurant near the temple and entered.   There’re many types of Taiwan food, and it varies from place to place. The food in Northern Taiwan and…

VIRTUAL TOUR: HOUTONG CAT VILLAGE


Houtong was originally called Kau-tong (猴硐; monkey cave) due to the existence of a cave inhabited by monkeys in the early days. But now this place became famous as cat village. In this area, you can feel as if you came to the world of the cats.  Here you can see, touch and rub a kitty, and you can stop by the shop,…

HOUTONG:THE CAT VILLAGE IN TAIWAN


Have you heard that there’s a cat village in Taiwan? Once you take one step into this village, you feel as if you’re in the cat world.  Houtong, which is located 35km east of Taipei in Ruifang district, and it takes almost one hour by train. There’s usually one train about every half hour during the day, so you don’t feel uncomfortable to go there. Houtong is a…

TASTE OF PERUVIAN WINE


As you know, among Latin American countries, Argentine and Chile are world famous wine producers. But there’re other counties where people can cultivate grapes. Think about the geographical features. Peru has as a similar climate as Chile, so they have a big potential in order to produce good quality wine. Most vineyards are located on the central coast, around Pisco and Ica. And guide…

EXHIBITION: “CANTEROS” DIEGO OLIVER


Arequipa is known as “White City”. Because the city center was built in volcanic sillar rock, whose color is almost white or pink. The contrast between white buildings and blue sky is so beautiful and it made me refreshed.   Walking the street, I encountered one exhibit, named “CANTEROS”.  Canteros (Spanish vocabulary) means quarrymen, and Diego Oliver pointed his camera at the subjects. I’ve never imagine…

TRIBUTE TO CHE


Even if you don’t know who he is, I confirmed that everyone have heard his name once before. Or you might recognize his face unintentionally. Because the young wear a T-shirt emblazoned with a cool bearded guy and his portrait is put up in some shops. This man is Che Guevara.    On October 9th, 1967, Che was killed by…

MUSIC: CAROLINA PELERITTI


I went to the concert of Carolina Peleritti in Tokyo. She came to see us all the way from her hometown, Argentina. She was a poplar actress and a fashion model before, and now became one of the most important singers in her country. As embarrassing as this is to say, I didn’t have any information about her. But having heard her…

RECIPE: SPICY MACA GAZPACHO


There’re many tomato based soups in the world. Among those soups, Gazpacho is one of my favorites. This cold soup is a classic of Spanish cuisine and it originated in the southern region of Andalusia. This is especially good in summer, because it’s refreshing and cool. I got Maca Powder in Peru, so I add this superfood to my special Gazpacho recipe. I think this spicy…

RECIPE: MACA GUACAMOLE


I love Mexican Food. I love avocado. I often make Guacamole in my house, because it’s easy to prepare, good for beer, and yummy. I got Maca Powder in Peru, so I add this to Guacamole. As you know, avocado is good for health and beauty. Maca may promote those effects. Recipe is quite a simple, but may give sufficient satisfactions to…