Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Barclay Park/バークレー記念公園/巴克禮紀念公園

There's a nice park of decent size south east of the train station in Tainan. It used to have the romantic name "Park Number 18", but a while back it was fixed up and renamed "Barclay Memorial Park".  The namesake is a missionary, Thomas Barclay, from Scotland.  He moved to Tainan to do missionary work when he was about 25, and he stayed there for the rest of his life.  He was in Tainan when the Qing Dynasty ceded control of Taiwan to Japan, and he negotiated a deal whereby rebels against Japanese control accepted Japanese rule, and in exchange the Japanese military didn't slaughter everyone.


 There were some pretty flowers out when I visited the other day.

These are all well-respected government officials in this photo.  Really.  It was from some sort of event, so I guess that excuses them from dressing up as butterflies and owls.  I guess.



 Strange trees.  What are these?  I've never seen anything like these before.



 Squirrels in Tainan look different than those in NYC, but they are still ninjas.  This one was calmly hanging out on the side of this tree.



On the other side of the wall in the background is a school.

 Some girl brought her pet rabbit.

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