Wednesday, December 31, 2014

An Apartment with a View/すごいバルコニー/會享受風光的房子

Until just a couple weeks ago, the corner of this building was still attached, but when I rode by the other day, it had been chopped off.  What I thought was strange about it was that on the third floor, there are still some personal items, which makes it appear as if the landlord didn't warn the tenants before demolishing the corner of their apartment.  "What are you complaining about?  I gave you a beautiful, outdoor balcony!  Sure, there's no railing, so just be careful when you step out!"  (I assume the actual story is that the people left their crap behind when they moved out, but who knows?)



Sunday, December 28, 2014

Cihu! You missed one!/慈湖に候補したい/推薦在慈湖設備

I saw this statue cluster in Tainan the other day.  It looks like a good candidate for entry into Cihu.



Thursday, December 25, 2014

Bird Close Ups/鳥にズームイン/挨近了鳥群

These are just normal sparrows--and normally I wouldn't bother taking a picture of them--but I've never been able to get so close to sparrows before, so I decided to take some photos after all.  Thanks to the fact that the sun was shining on the window, I think it must have been like a mirror from the outside.  The birds didn't seem to notice me at all even though I was less than a foot separated from them.  Of course, the glass also made it so that the photos aren't very good quality, but it's still kind of neat that I was able to get this close.



Sunday, December 21, 2014

Cheng Kung Cats/成功大学の猫/成大的貓

There's this single-family home type house on Cheng Kung's campus surrounded by a wall.  I'd often wondered what it was for, but the other day I discovered the answer: It's a home for cats!

...Or at least the wall is a home for cats.  Typical of cats though, regardless of whether or not it's the case, they sure look like they own the place.



Aren't they just adorable!?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hayashi Department Store Roof/林デパートの屋上/在林百貨公司的屋頂上

I posted about this place once before.  Last time I went though, I didn't take any photos from the roof because it was night.  The building has a pretty impressive view of surrounding Tainan.



Monday, December 15, 2014

Kaohsiung Subway Posters/高雄地下鉄広告/高雄捷運海報

Last time I went to Kaohsiung there were some new safety posters in the stations.  If you're at least a little familiar with some of the more famous Japanese cartoons out there, you might get a kick out of this.



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Communal Effort/運ちゃん達の五斂子/檳榔塑料袋也是回收資源

I noticed these fruits outside Tainan station the other day.  They're Starfruits.  Since the tree is right outside the station entrance, I assume that it probably doesn't belong to anyone in particular.  However, the spot it's located is just where all of the taxis wait for passengers leaving the station.  The drivers seem to have noticed the fruits and have bagged them so as to protect them until they ripen.  The bags they used are Betel Nut bags.  Betel Nuts have a mild stimulant effect, so they're pretty popular amongst taxi drivers in Taiwan.



Monday, December 8, 2014

Golden Rain Tree Seed Pods/金雨木の莢/欒樹的蒴果

I posted about these tree before.  A couple of weeks ago--when I took these photos--the seed pods were at the height of their colorfulness.



Saturday, December 6, 2014

Fly in the Salad/蠅サラダ/不是果蠅是蔬蠅



A fruit fly stopped by while I was eating lunch.  I thought it was rather beautifully colored for a dirty, disease-ridden fly.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Star-Like Flowers/星みたいな花/像星星的花朵

This appears to be a plumeria rubra.  They come in red and white varieties, but I love these white ones!